American Faith In Government Hits Record Lows
September 16, 2013 by Sam Rolley
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.