Americans’ trust in US gov’t hits new record low

Americans’ trust in US gov’t hits new record low
Fri Sep 13, 2013 18:42:15

A new Gallup poll shows more Americans have lost their trust and confidence to their federal government’s ability to deal with international and domestic problems.

Gallup's annual Governance survey shows that only 49 percent of Americans say they have confidence in the federal government's ability to handle international problems, an all-time low.

The previous record low figure stood at 51% in 2007 during the tenure of former US president George W. Bush.

Americans in the same survey also expressed historically low levels of confidence in the federal government's ability to handle domestic problems.

Only 42 percent of people in the survey reported such confidence, one point below the previous low of 43% in 2011.

Americans' confidence in the federal government on domestic and international issues has trended downward throughout the 2000s and has sunk to several new lows since 2010.

According to a Pew Research poll released earlier this year, nearly three-quarters of Americans said they only sometimes or never trust the federal government to do the right thing.

Polls indicate that Americans also remain highly critical of the job Congress is doing.

Congress' approval rating is currently at 19 percent, well below the historical average of 33% since Gallup began asking the question in 1974.
The decrease in Americans’ trust to the US government coms as the Obama administration is struggling with an increasingly opposing public opinion and a widely divided congress over its controversial plans to bomb Syria.
Six different polls from six different outlets showed last week that the broad opposition to an American attack on Syria is not only intact but actually growing in spite of a solid week of pro-war campaigning by the administration.
The war rhetoric against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of launching the chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.
Damascus has vehemently denied the accusations, saying the attack was carried out by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation to open the way for their foreign supporters to attack Syria.
Syrian government has already submitted evidence to the UN on use of chemical weapons by anti-Syria militants in three incidents in the Arab country.

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