Poll: Americans’ Distrust of Government High

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According to PewResearch, American’s aren’t sending very many beams of faith and love Washington’s way. A survey conducted just prior to the October 16 debt ceiling and spending bill agreement revealed a new low in public trust of the government.

Nineteen percent of those surveyed said that, “They trust government in Washington to do what is right just about always or most of the time,” a dip in points since a January survey. These numbers are reticent of those collected after the 2011 debt ceiling battle, according to PewResearch. Of those more trusting individuals, 28 percent — Democrats — said that they trusted their government most or all of the time, compared to the 10 percent Republican.

The reports of public anger with the federal government — at an all time high of 26 percent in September — have shot up to 30 percent in the latest survey. Republican PR hasn’t been looking good over the course of the shutdown, it’s true, but according to the 55 percent “of Republicans and Republican leaning independents who agree with the Tea Party” they’re angry with the federal government as well.

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