American Faith In Government Hits Record Lows


Americans have less faith that the Federal government can competently handle problems at home and abroad than ever before, according to the results of a new poll.

A recently conducted governance survey from Gallup shows that just 49 percent of Americans “have a great deal or a fair amount of confidence” that the Federal government can handle international problems. That’s 2 percentage points below the previous record low of 51 percent recorded in 2007.


During President Barack Obama’s first White House term, the numbers were a little higher, with between 57 and 66 percent of respondents reporting that they believed government was capable of handling international affairs.

With regard to handling domestic problems, Americans faith in government is also lacking. Only  42 percent of respondents to Gallup’s poll reported “a great deal or a fair amount of confidence” in the government’s ability to handle problems at home, down from the previous low of 43 percent recorded in 2011.


“Americans’ trust and confidence in the federal government’s ability to solve problems internationally as well as domestically has fallen to historic lows this year,” Gallup reports. “There are a number of possible explanations for this loss of confidence: controversy surrounding potential U.S. action in Syria, an enduring low assessment of the state of the economy, or low levels of confidence in Congress.”

Unsurprisingly, Americans who identify themselves as Democrats are more likely than Republicans or independents to express faith in the ability of the U.S. government to get things done.


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  • peter

    Another survey please. How many of those 49% spend their time on their cell phones texting “friends”? and the rest of the time watching American Idol? One more thing – how many of those 49% are unemployed or dependent on government support? Do they really have a clue about what’s going on?

    • elmcqueen3

      If you talk to them you will find out…They have no clue nor do they even care…They don’t watch the news and they don’t read the news papers…This is just too boring for them…The schools they attending didn’t really teach them much of any thing either!

  • dan

    I just had to look…it may as well have been Bell’s curve because the intelligence of the population is directly proportional to it’s leadership…
    and falling fast


    too many people still have blinders on or are diehards to their party!
    then you have some who think because obamas black,he’s a king and can do no wrong!and you have some that just don’t care,and some that still don’t even know who’s all in the white house(i’m not kidding)way too many people don’t have or want a clue as to what’s going on in our country let alone the rest of the world(and thanks to most public schools and drop outs)these people can’t see it cause they are just told not to worry so they don’t!(sheeple)
    more people are waking up every day and more will,we have to get people to open their eyes and that would make for a much better survey,maybe try another one later!

    • Quester55

      Though you’ll never see it, This is not a Black Vs. White, issue, it never has been, though thousands of White Supremest would have you believe their twisted lies!
      Not every So-Called Black man voted for Obama, in fact a fair number of Whites did as well !!
      Just what did you expect, that ALL Democrats are Black only ??
      However this IS an, ” GOOD Vs. EVIL ” , National Issue & If we Don’t start Fighting back, We’ll all be Labeled as ” HATE FILLED CHRISTIANS, ” And have a Bounty placed on our heads from those that willfully turn COMMUNIST!!
      As For the ATHEIST out there, Good Luck, MUSLIMS MURDER ATHEIST as Well!

  • Michael Shreve

    People aren’t SUPPOSED to trust their government. People are SUPPOSED to watch EVERY action of government with suspicion. People are SUPPOSED to REPLACE those who govern badly.

  • jack soto

    with a criminal,subversive, national leadership corrupting tax code and their ever insidious acquiescence conditioning IRS as their hammer tool for population controlling, is it any wonder the nation’s citizenry despises the government! add now the unquestionable forming of a national citizenry ‘non compliance’ revolt against the 16th/IRS taxing system, hatred for the government is at it’s peak. Yes, yes, we hold the entire national leadership in our government responsible for inciting with ‘high propensity’ the national revolt that will bring all to their knees. Sure, a long time coming but preventable as well. My fellow American patriots, let’s take all in our national leadership down to their knees if they refuse to join us at annihilating our nation’s real filth, shame, embarrassment and national disgrace ‘their criminal/malevolence inciting 16th amendment/IRS wages withholding tax code!!! Their tax code and their filthy IRS are the apex of what is wrong with America. Let’s all start acting like we are members in the ‘Home of the brave’. Begin now by notifying all in the congress and in the senate and those aspiring to same, ‘Lest they all rid us of their taxing system filth, we will do it!!! A national 4/15/14 end of year tax filing boycott will suffice as a good start. A culmination with more direct approaches as finale can always end it all conclusively. So what the hell are we all waiting for! Get to calling and get to threatening. Their IRS has been threatening us for ever too long. Pay back time has arrived!

    R/S Jack Soto MGYSGT United States Marine Corps. retired. American Patriot

  • sharonhansen209

    I have absolutely no faith in our federal government. If all the governors in the US had the guts to succeed from the union, we could all stop paying taxes to these crooks without having to worry about being destroyed by the IRS. Our states would be richer, we would all have more money to spend and our “united” states would be much better off without the federal government.

  • Quester55

    It’s hard to put faith in a Government that is constantly looking for ways to Kill or take,” Total control of it’s Citizen’s lives,”!!
    We Are Free Men & Women, We Are Not, Nor Will We Allow the Fed’s to treat us like,” Their Personal SLAVES,” !