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Poll: Only 28% of Americans are satisfied with federal government

Published in Blog on December 05, 2017 by Convention of States Project

Only 28 percent of Americans say they are satisfied with the way the United States is governed, according to a poll from Gallup.

"Americans' frustration with government is focused on Washington, D.C.," Gallup states. "This is seen in trust and approval ratings they give to the executive and legislative branches—especially Congress. U.S. adults maintain higher levels of trust in the judicial branch as well as state and local government."

The poll finds that trust in U.S. institutions has been on the decline for some time, and the federal government is rated the least positive out of any business or industry sector mentioned. In addition, out of 22 professions Americans are asked about, the honesty and ethics of members of Congress are rated the lowest.

When Gallup asks Americans what the most important problem facing the nation is, the federal government is the most frequent problem cited. [...]

"‘Wary' remains the watchword to describe Americans' stance toward government power in 2017," Gallup states. "Over half of U.S. adults say the government has too much power, and more Americans say the government is doing too much to solve the country's problems (things that should be left to individuals and businesses) than say it should be doing more."

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