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Voters: Don’t Trust The Government – Why Would They?

The collapse of confidence in Boris Johnson in Britain is, if anything, even worse in the United States.

A brand new Pew Research poll finds that only two in 10 Americans trust the government in Washington to do what is right “just about always” (2%) or “most of the time” (19%).

While there is a partisan divide, the lack of confidence crosses all barriers. While only 29% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say they trust the government, the number among Republicans and Republican-leaners is a shocking 9%.

While a majority of Americans believe the federal government should play a role in solving problems, they despair about the job it’s doing. Just 6% say the phrase “careful with taxpayer money” describes the federal government extremely or very well; another 21% it this describes the government somewhat well.

Nearly seven of 10 Americans are extremely or somewhat concerned about the federal government doing too much on issues better left to state and local government.

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