Only 1 in 5 Americans Trust the Government to Do What Is Right

ALLGOV – by -Noel Brinkerhoff

Trust is not something most Americans have in their government these days.

A new USA Today/Bipartisan Policy Center poll found only one in five of those surveyed say they trust the federal government to do what is right most of the time.  

When asked whether they see the government as an advocate or an adversary for them and their families, the response was 42% advocate, 38% adversary.

The survey also revealed that Americans by more than 2-1 say the best way to make positive changes in society is through volunteer organizations and charities, not by being active in government.

Additionally, the poll found that the vast majority of Americans have never seriously considered running for public office. The ones who have, based on those surveyed, amount to 14% of the population, totaling about 40 million people.

Americans under the age of 30 are particularly fed up with politics, and are significantly less likely than their parents to say participating in politics is a worthwhile expenditure of their time.

“These two worlds of civic life and of public life used to be almost the same world, but these worlds have clearly separated,” Paul Light, a professor of public service at New York University, told USA Today.

He added that among the students he teaches, he sees “a general sense that politics is for losers, for ne’er-do-wells, for the corrupt and for the under-motivated and greedy.”

5 thoughts on “Only 1 in 5 Americans Trust the Government to Do What Is Right

  1. And yet they keep sending the same Bozos back every election. They get what they deserve, I just hate it that they screw the rest of us in the process.

  2. There is nothing to love about this group of traitors masquerading as our government right now.To love them is to love tyranny,to want them to be brought to justice and pay for their crimes is to love this country.To not know the difference is to be either criminally insane or retarded!

  3. i disagree. I can not find 1 in 50 people that think government is doing a good job.
    too bad 90% think we need a government.
    I dont. almost none of you do. the rest are lazy and unliked.

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