Only 30% of Americans Trust Our Government

Corruption, Crony Capitalism and Trampling on the Bill of Rights Lead to Widespread Distrust

Trust in government has plummeted … due to institutional corruption. And see this.

More and more Americans realize that the government has bailed out the super-elite of the big banks,  and enabled their fraud … while  hosing the little guy again and again (and again).

People see that we have socialism for the rich, but cut-throat, sink-or-swim capitalism for everyone else.   They see that we have a malignant synergism between D.C. politicians and giant companies. Look here, here, here.

At the same time, the government spies on virtually all Americans, and has threatened to assassinate or indefinitely detain American citizens on U.S. soil.

Folks are starting to wake up to the fact that Obama is a lot like Bush. Indeed, he’s continued many of the horrible Bush programs he promised to stop, covered up for Cheney and company, and allowed even worse inequality and trampling of the Constitution.

So people are starting to see that the mainstream Republican and Democratic parties are virtually identical regarding core issues including:

And that any apparent difference is just a scripted show.

No wonder a new poll by Pew shows that only 3 in 10 Americans trust our government:

For the past seven years, a period covering the final two years of the Bush administration and President Obama’s first term, no more than about three-in-ten Americans have said they trust the federal government to do the right thing always or most of the time.

Our Jan. 2013 survey found only 26% saying they can trust government always or most of the time, while 73% say they can trust the government only some of the time or never. Majorities across all partisan and demographic groups express little or no trust in government

As CBS news notes:

The Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. has found that fewer Americans than ever trust the decisions made by the government.

Indeed, we noted in February that more and more Americans see the government as a threat, rather than a protector:

For years, “conservative” pollsters have said that Americans are furious at the government:

Liberals may be tempted to think that this is a slanted perspective.   But non-partisan and liberal pollsters are saying the same thing:

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Jan. 9-13 among 1,502 adults, finds that 53% think that the federal government threatens their own personal rights and freedoms while 43% disagree.

In March 2010, opinions were divided over whether the government represented a threat to personal freedom; 47% said it did while 50% disagreed. In surveys between 1995 and 2003, majorities rejected the idea that the government threatened people’s rights and freedoms.


The survey finds continued widespread distrust in government. About a quarter of Americans (26%) trust the government in Washington to do the right thing just about always or most of the time; 73% say they can trust the government only some of the time or volunteer that they can never trust the government.


Majorities across all partisan and demographic groups express little or no trust in government.

Obviously, Democrats are currently more trusting in government than Republicans.  For example:

The Pew Research Center’s 2010 study of attitudes toward government found that, since the 1950s, the party in control of the White House has expressed more trust in government than the so-called “out party.”

But given that even a growing percentage of Dems believe that government is a threat to their freedom, things are indeed getting interesting …

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  • jadan

    The Constitution is badly in need of an update. As operating systems go, it doesn’t deliver anymore. Computer technology offers the potential to create more democratic participation in redesigned systems that directly engage the populace in political decision making. The idea is overwhelming to consider. The National Security State has displaced the failed representative constitutional system. A revolution is needed, because this parasitical tyrant won’t just fade away….

    • rick olson

      the Constitution is not the problem, the Tyrants like Bush and Obama are. Seriously the Constitution is outdated ???? How can the Gov think that they can convince people to hate the Constitution? It shows how desperate they are.

      • jadan

        You cannot say with certainty how your tax money is being spent because your representatives in government represent special interest groups, not the public interest. An apparatus designed to serve a few millions cannot be expected to serve 310 millions. If you align yourself with some interest group, say, defense contractors, you may feel represented insofar as you don’t object to defense spending, even if you don’t know specifically how it is being spent. About 40% of the money confiscated from the public goes into a black budget to fund the secret police & intelligence apparatus that controls the unelected National Security State, which dictates to the nominal government of the Constitution. It doesn’t matter who’s president. The system creates a Bush, Bush does not create the system. The Founders did not trust direct democracy and created a system immune from direct participation of the people. Poll after poll demonstrates the conflict between what the public wants and what the government does. The government has clearly lost a popular mandate to govern. This is not Obama’s fault. The old operating system has failed to withstand the corruptions of powerful interest groups. A parliamentary system would be a better option. Two parties are exclusionary. Direct election of leaders is now possible and even direct public participation in policy making. The Constitution does not allow the people to decide whether or not to launch war on other nations. The old system does not represent the people. It’s not a question of an “imperial presidency”. It is a failed system. We can certainly design something better. The goal is direct democracy.

        • Truthseeker

          Read my lips: Direct Democracy is a proven failure!

        • LHardy

          Democracy is mob rule.

          If that’s what you want there are several countries available to you.
          None of which are as successful as the USA.

    • Truthseeker88

      How about we faithfully follow the current Constitution before trashing it as undeliverable? And what you propose as a replacement is doomed. Democracy is destined to fail when the people find out they can rob the public trough by vote. The cure here is for the citizens to rise up and prosecute the politicians that not only fail to uphold and defend the Constitution but also act unlawfully regardless of seditious intent or not. If they break the supreme law of the land they should suffer the same consequences as any lawbreaker.

  • amerikagulag

    “….Lead to Widespread Distrust….” Not JUSTICE….just distrust. Because the stupid sheep know they’ve been hoodwinked since Israel did 911

  • Rafael Espericueta

    I’ll bet the 30% who trust the government largely overlaps the 30% lowest IQ group…

  • Honest Harry’s Used Cars

    Here’s a frank and scary note from reality. Since only around fifty percent of eligible voters vote, and we can presume this 30% of people who trust the government, do vote, they collectively are enough to elect everyone in our government. We have elected leaders whose constituencies are made of halfwit, gullible Americans, Americans who trust a government that blatantly lies to its citizens.

    It may sound crass and politically incorrect to point it out, but that’s not going to stop me.

    Obama’s constituency is made up of mostly blacks, homosexuals, and women.

    When this country was founded, none of these voting blocks could vote. And now, they together have elected this and many other criminals in our government. They’re all Muppets now.

    • Don Robertson

      It just dawned on me what each of these three voting blocks that make up Obama’s constituency wants.

      Women want gender equality. To many women, this means they want to be your boss, regardless their ability.

      Blacks want economic equality. To many blacks, this means they want to live in a house as nice as the house you live in, regardless their willingness to work and save.

      And, homosexuals largely want to be able to come-out flamboyantly in every possible venue, moment and occasion, regardless how socially inappropriate their conduct might be.

      Having said all this, it should come as no surprise to anyone that DHS is stacked with members of these three voting blocks. After three years they make over a hundred grand a year in these do-nothing federal jobs. This reality is an intentional insult to any working man who spent his life working for a living.

      The truth is, a full staff of competent DHS workers could be hired at minimum wage in all fifty states.

      • Amenemhat1

        Yet another moron that has no idea about what he is talking about. Seems like a big dose of “confirmation bias” mixed with the “delusion of explanatory depth”. Yes, look it up dumb-dumbs…

        • After reading your posts and the posts you were replying to, objectively, you are wrong. You sound like a typical leftist turd who uses rhetoric and bad words to convey your own sense of failure in life. Hence your weakness is astoundingly sad.

          • Amenemhat1

            Wow lets pile on the list of morons. Definitely not a leftist, nor a liberal. It’s just sad that folks like you plague this society. Now get back to your sports, tv and other distractions that keep morons at bay; the grown ups are talking. Nice attempt to ameliorate the situation, not!

      • marvin nubwaxer

        ” . . . halfwit, gullible Americans, Americans who trust a government that blatantly lies to its citizens.”
        i find in general that these type of statements come from privileged whites who feel superior to everyone and are right wing extremist fundamentalist crusader elitists. we know your code. you’re not fooling anyone. it is all part of demonizing THEM, the others, the poor, unemployed, black and brown people who are in your eyes the “takers” and shouldn’t be allowed to vote. by god, the constitution assumed voters would always be white natural born americans who were over 21 and landowners, right?

    • Amenemhat1

      Wow! Talk about racist bigotry… I’ll give hardworking, yes, but only due to the apparent lack of education… the rest sounds like right-wing noise. How’s the Hannity/O’Reily koolaid these days?

      • Honest Harry’s Used Cars

        Racist bigotry? My God. You sound like you’re suffering from the common delusion that life should be fair. Life isn’t fair. Look around.

        Life is what is going on outside your head, not inside it.

        Emperor Fruitcake got himself elected President of the United States by gauging his rhetoric so it appealed to the voting blocks I’ve mentioned. The result is the currently unfolding disaster.

        Try to explain how this scenario I have described is logically refuted by your having accused me of being a racist bigot.

        And your other post is entirely unintelligible noise. -“delusion of explanatory depth” and -Yes, look it up dumb-dumbs…- You’re incoherent. What are you talking about?

        • Amenemhat1

          Apparently way over your used-sales-car-man head to even dive into the topic. But since inquired, please explain how the woes you see are a deliberate result of blacks, homosexuals, and women? Any answer you provide will clearly display your delusion of explanatory depth. The issues are to complex to simplify; unless you are a right wing religious bigot of course! But please go ahead and answer anyway; and let your wife or husband, your preference, sit next to you as you answer…

          To claim the problem you so call see as “life” “outside” is based on a set of groups you hate, yes, that is bigotry. Bigot! Definitely not honest, and I bet the quality of your used vehicles tell the rest of the story.

          And your insertion of a deity says even more about your gullibility to be persuaded by those more intelligent than you. Again, dumb-dumb. How’s that for coherence?

  • Rogoraeck

    30% of intellectually disabled retarded monkeys!

  • …and 99% of those ‘trusters’ are probably well paid by the government.

  • wunsacon

    I wonder what percentage ever read the wikipedia page on the Church Committee. Or J. Edgar Hoover.

  • wunsacon

    I wonder what percentage ever read the wikipedia page on the Church Committee. Or J. Edgar Hoover.

  • 30% is quite a bit of faith left to be destroyed by psychopaths hell bent on starting a civil war and / or world war. No one gets out of this unscathed. Anyone who does had a quick death.

    Mr Carlin is probably warming up some buttery popcorn about now and taking a lavatory break before the double triple-‘splosion feature he and about a dozen of my favorite dead authors are about to enjoy.

    Machete – Yank style! starring buckshot bandoliers and the Bernank’s big bad bux!

  • Amenemhat1

    Simply put, this is the result of Cecil Rhodes, Sigmund Freud, Edward Bernays, Ann Freiud, Ayn Rand, Milton Freedman, Alan Greenspan, and their cohorts. This is not a mistake. The art of “engineering consent” was perfected many decades ago.

    The most dumb down population in US history is the so-called baby-boomers with their facade of progress and prosperity. They’ve been shafted by the elite and have been convinced that this is a poor people problem instead of an elitist problem. The new generation is just as messed up with the over abundant flow of information that turns to noise making it confusing to stand ground, which explains why most end up sitting in the same corner their parents sit in.

    So if you are a Dem, you are a moron; Same for the GOP, moron! Left or Right, Liberal or Conservative, morons, morons, morons.

    Are you mad yet? Proof me wrong, and do the research yourself.

    Trust by verification.

    • Bryan

      And I suggest you do some research (and actually cite your sources of information) before you openly display your arrogance. One semester of community college does not make one an expert on the mind of the average American.

  • gozounlimited

    Bill Moyers explains how the fiscal cliff deal gives tens of billions in tax breaks to banks and corporations
    (especially Goldman). Even the Wall Street Journal called it a “crony capitalist blowout.”

    Bill Moyers Essay: ‘Cronyism Blowout At Goldman Sachs’ ….. see here:

  • People keep missing the most “basic” point of the banks and government cooperation, with that being:

    How do the banks get the full cooperation of government on all levels?

    ANSWER: Give government the largest percentage of the profits!

    Government (collectively local and federal) over the last 60-years has become the #1 investor with the Banks; Brokerage; and Insurance industries. Little bit by little bit each year by investment government took over the same and now owns it all by collective investment. From the profits generated therefrom the split is 80% to government as investment return, 20% to the before mentioned industry groups (that 20% in itself is massive).

    The 2008 bailouts were not government bailing out the Banks, Brokerage, and Insurance companies, government was bailing out their stake in the same to stay in the black. Get it?

    TREASON: “Treason doth never prosper; what’s the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it treason.” Sir John Harrington, 1561-1612…

    Walter Burien –

  • 30% ? Yeah right. more like 3%