Record Number Of Americans Think Government Is Broken

September 27, 2011 by Sam Rolley


Partisans on both sides are disgusted with both parties equally.

According to a new poll released by Gallup, 81 percent of Americans are displeased with government leadership. http://www.gallup.com/poll/149678/Ameri ... nment.aspx

In what Gallup attributes to shared leadership in failure among Republicans and Democrats in Washington, partisans on both sides are disgusted with their party. In addition, 65 percent of Democrats and 95 percent of Republicans disapprove of President Barack Obama and his counterparts.

According to the poll’s results: 82 percent of Americans think Congress is inept; 69 percent have little or no faith in the legislative branch — an all-time high; 57 percent believe that government cannot solve domestic issues; 43 percent believe government muddles international relations; and 53 percent say they lose trust in individuals who simply hold or seek office.

The survey also found that the majority of Americans believe the Federal government wastes an average of 51 cents of every tax dollar that it collects. About half (49 percent) of Americans believe that while wasting tax money, the Federal government has been allowed to grow so large that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Only 30 percent of Americans held this view seven years ago.

Gallup says the latest results of all-time lows in public trust of the government are a result of a decade-long slide in public faith in their leaders. The survey contends that the “bottom line