New Poll Shows Vast Majority of Americans Have Little To No Faith In Government

Pollaiuolo_battle_AN00034232_001_lFindings from a recent poll shows that 70 percent of Americans lack confidence in their government to make progress on important issues.

The AP reports:

Americans enter 2014 with a profoundly negative view of their government, expressing little hope that elected officials can or will solve the nation’s biggest problems, a new poll finds.

Half say America’s system of democracy needs either “a lot of changes” or a complete overhaul, according to the poll conducted by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Just 1 in 20 says it works well and needs no changes.

Americans, who have a reputation for optimism, have a sharply pessimistic take on their government after years of disappointment in Washington.

The percentage of Americans saying the nation is heading in the right direction hasn’t topped 50 in about a decade. In the new poll, 70 percent lack confidence in the government’s ability “to make progress on the important problems and issues facing the country in 2014.”

Read the rest at the AP.

  • nicholas p.

    lol lets poll americans to see how many want a revolution because thats what its going to take to overhaul big brother

    • Virtually Yours

      Or perhaps a poll about a Vote of No Confidence for all of our elected officials. That would be revolutionary in and of itself :-)

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Very true. Talk is cheap.

      It’ll be at least another 10 years, at least, I figure until sh*t starts to happen like people beginning bombing campaigns like “Bader Meinhof”, “Weather Underground” or whatnot. Right now the only people desperate enough to do sh*t like that are Muslims objecting to American imperialism, and they’re usually too stupid to pick appropriate targets. They waste their time antagonizing the working classes that should be their natural allies.

      In the interim all that’s gonna happen is jerk-offs are gonna theorize about pointless temporizing measures, like requiring a quorum % of eligible voters to participate to make any general election valid, or whatnot. Or maybe preference sharing.

      Whatevers. Float on, etc., etc.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    I don’t trust his word, but I certainly trust his sword, if you catch my drift. . . .

  • InfvoCuernos

    I guess the other thirty percent work in govt.

    • Dingbert

      I think those who work in gov’t are the most disillusioned of all.

      The other thirty percent ARE gov’t.

  • misinformation

    And yet they’ll all be heading for the polls to make the next, ‘least worst’ selection.

  • Rhoid Rager

    The choice of picture doesn’t match the article’s headline, Matt. People don’t like government so it’s bella omnium contra omnes? That’s not an equitable assessment.

    • Andrew

      Maybe not in other countries, but if/when the government in the U.S. falls it’ll be a bloodbath the likes of which the world has never seen. Americans hate each other, and in many cases themselves.

      • Rhoid Rager

        the problem is you’re describing people now; not how they will be. that’s exactly my point. who’s to say the problem now isn’t a result of the ‘government’ now, and the ‘fall’ won’t be the resolution? Perhaps that’s the big point of denial people disquiet themselves over concerning ‘collapse’.

        • Andrew

          I don’t think so.

          • Rhoid Rager