Re: We May Be Running Lower On Patriots
Actually, I just recently read an interesting article pointing out that whereas the general population was distrustful of government (I think it said a decade or two ago), that a recent poll finds the majority are now "trusting" of government. Thanks, George!
Can you give the source of these polls and article because all evidence I can find is to the contrary.
National Election Studies
The Gallup Organization
Trends in Trust
November 10, 2004
Trust in the government's ability to handle both international and domestic problems surged dramatically after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In October 2001, 83% of Americans said they had either a great deal or fair amount of trust in the government's ability to handle international problems. The percentage expressing that viewpoint declined gradually over the next three years and has now returned to its pre-9/11 levels. In fact, high trust in the government to handle international affairs (63%) is significantly lower now than when Bush first entered office (75%).
Trust in the government to handle domestic problems jumped from 60% to 77% right after 9/11, and now is back down to the pre-9/11 level at 61%.
Trust in the executive branch has remained relatively steady over the past several years, except for a bump that occurred the year after 9/11 (only annual measures have been taken on this item). Just before the terrorist attacks in 2001, 63% of Americans expressed a high level of trust, but the next September 72% expressed that view. In 2003, trust had returned to 60%, and is now at 58%.
If there was a bump in trust in the legislative branch following 9/11, it had all but disappeared by the following year. In the Sept. 7-10, 2001 poll, 65% expressed high trust, compared with 67% a year later.
Trust in the judicial branch, including the Supreme Court, has traditionally been higher than trust in the other two branches. In the past two years, however, trust in the judicial branch has dipped below the 70% level.