Record Number Of Americans Think Government Is Broken
September 27, 2011 by Sam Rolley
According to a new poll released by Gallup, 81 percent of Americans are displeased with government leadership.
In what Gallup attributes to shared leadership in failure among Republicans and Democrats in Washington, partisans on both sides are disgusted with their party. In addition, 65 percent of Democrats and 95 percent of Republicans disapprove of President Barack Obama and his counterparts.
According to the poll’s results: 82 percent of Americans think Congress is inept; 69 percent have little or no faith in the legislative branch — an all-time high; 57 percent believe that government cannot solve domestic issues; 43 percent believe government muddles international relations; and 53 percent say they lose trust in individuals who simply hold or seek office.
The survey also found that the majority of Americans believe the Federal government wastes an average of 51 cents of every tax dollar that it collects. About half (49 percent) of Americans believe that while wasting tax money, the Federal government has been allowed to grow so large that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Only 30 percent of Americans held this view seven years ago.
Gallup says the latest results of all-time lows in public trust of the government are a result of a decade-long slide in public faith in their leaders. The survey contends that the “bottom line” is:
“Americans’ various ratings of political leadership in Washington add up to a profoundly negative review of government — something that would seem unhealthy for the country to endure for an extended period. Nevertheless, with another budget showdown looking inevitable and a contentious presidential election year getting underway, it appears the ratings reviewed here could get worse before they improve.”
New numbers of American disgust come just about exactly one month after Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul said on national television that the Federal government’s practices are going to lead to widespread social unrest in America.