Record 81% of Americans Disapprove of Government

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Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:58:47 +0000


Gallup’s latest annual Governance survey finds a “historic” level of disapproval of government among the American people.

Gallup’s Lydia Saa summarizes the findings, September 26, 2011, that a record-high 81% of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed, adding to negativity that has been building over the past 10 years.

Trend: Reaction to How the Nation Is Being Governed

As we would expect, more Republicans than Democrats are dissatisfied. Even among Democrats, however, a majority of 65% disapprove of the government’s performance, vs. 92% of Republicans.

The same poll shows record or near-record criticism of Congress, elected officials, government handling of domestic problems, the scope of government power, and government waste of tax dollars.

Key Findings:

  • 82% of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job.
  • 69% say they have little or no confidence in the legislative branch of government, an all-time high and up from 63% in 2010.
  • 57% have little or no confidence in the federal government to solve domestic problems, exceeding the previous high of 53% recorded in 2010 and well exceeding the 43% who have little or no confidence in the government to solve international problems.
  • 53% have little or no confidence in the men and women who seek or hold elected office.
  • Americans believe, on average, that the federal government wastes 51 cents of every tax dollar, similar to a year ago, but up significantly from 46 cents a decade ago and from an average 43 cents three decades ago.
  • 49% of Americans believe the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. In 2003, less than a third (30%) believed this.

Confidence in Congress hit a new low this month, with 31% of Americans saying they have a great deal or fair amount of confidence in the legislative branch, lower than the percentage confident in the executive (47%) or judicial (63%) branch. Confidence in the legislative branch is slightly higher among Republicans than among Democrats, 41% vs. 32%.

H/t beloved fellow Tina.


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One response to “Record 81% of Americans Disapprove of Government

  1. Frankly I’d be surprised if the poll found anything else, when one considers the last 40 years since Nixon, whom I think was a better President than most people realise, and certainly the best Republican President of the 20th century.


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