All Time Low Trust in Government, Just 13%, What CNN Did Not Say

All Time Low Trust in Government, Just 13%, What CNN Did Not Say

Just 13% of Americans say the government can be trusted to do what is right always or most of the time, with just over three-quarters saying only some of the time and one in 10 saying they never trust the government, according to the poll.

 

“The number who trust the government all or most of the time has sunk so low that it is hard to remember that there was ever a time when Americans routinely trusted the government,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

“But polls conducted by the University of Michigan consistently found a majority of Americans in the 1960s and early 1970s saying that the government could be trusted all or most of the time – until Watergate. In 1972, 53% said they trusted the government always or most of the time. By 1974, that figure had plummeted to 36%, and except for a brief period of patriotic sentiment immediately after the 9/11 attacks, it has remained under 50% ever since,” Holland added.  Read More: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/08/08/cnn-poll-trust-in-government-at-all-time-low-2/

 

What CNN fails to note in the above complete story, is what is really important today?   They focus on trust in government falling to 36% just before Nixon was forced from office over Watergate.  What is news today is that after 5 1/2 years of Obama, trust in government is at an all time low, about three times worse than Nixon’s low of 36%.    Here is a higher resolution version of that chart, updated by AUN-TV from the Pew Research chart that ended in 2013.  Pew-trust-in-government-interactive/

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The 55 year chart shows that Obama is the only President, in whose term, trust in government has averaged less than 30%.  When Obama took office it was 25%, his all time high.  Now it is 13%.  CNN has missed the obvious.   Why is trust so much less under Obama?  This is not hard to answer.  Obama has earned a reputation as a liar, as the below recent poll shows.

When asked, “How often do you think Barack Obama lies to the country on important matters?,” 37% said that Obama lied “most of the time,” 24% said, “some of the time,” while 20% thought that he lied “only now and then,” according to a new FOX News poll released on April 16. The combined total of 81% of Americans believe that Obama lies on important matters at least some of the time.

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