The remarkable collapse of our trust in government

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The downward trajectory is stark. The collapse began during the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson, which, not coincidentally, overlapped with the Vietnam War.  The 1970s — thanks to Vietnam and Watergate — sped up the loss of faith in the government.  And, after a quasi-resurgence during the 1980s, the trend line for the past few decades is quite clear. With the exception of relatively brief spikes that overlap with the first Gulf War and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the number of people who trust the government has been steadily declining; the last time Pew asked the question, in February, just 24 percent said they trust the government “always” or “most of the time”.

Exit polling from the 2014 midterms makes clear that things haven’t improved in the trust department since that Pew poll.  Just 20 percent said they trusted the government to do what’s right “always” or “most” of the time, while 79 percent said they trusted the government only “some” of the time or “never.”

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1 thought on “The remarkable collapse of our trust in government”

  1. It is nice to see how many, no longer trust the Government. But that begs the obvious question> What are they prepared to do about it? The answer seems to be nothing. You can not even get them to vote third party. A Republic can not long exist when the majority may know something is wrong. But they are too stupid, or too cowardly to act.

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