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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Think Our Government Stinks ? Apparently you're not alone...

Congress's Mascot ?
According to a Gallup Poll taken between September 8 and 11, "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."

And it's not just Republicans (92%), but also Democrats (65%) who are thusly critical.

Among the key findings of the poll:

  •     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.

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