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Friday, February 1, 2019

Record-Low Trust in Government

At Gallup, Megan Brenan reports:
 Americans' trust in the federal government's ability to handle both domestic and international problems has sunk to the lowest points in more than two decades. Thirty-five percent of Americans have "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of trust and confidence in the U.S. government's ability to deal with domestic issues, down from 45% four months ago. Over the same period, the reading for handling international issues has dropped nine percentage points, to 41%.
Nearly all of the decline since September in Americans' trust in government has occurred among Republicans and independents. Republicans' confidence in the government's ability to manage domestic problems has fallen 12 points since September to 59%, and independents' confidence has dropped nine points to 28%. At the same time, Democrats' 28% confidence is essentially unchanged, having already fallen from 71% in 2016 to 30% in 2018.