Most Americans Think Government Corruption is Biggest Problem
Corruption of government officials is currently Americans’ number one fear, according to a recent survey by researchers at Chapman University.
The researchers asked a random sample of 1,541 adults to rate the level of fear for 88 different fear options across a variety of domains (like crime and natural disasters). Based on their findings, here were the top 10 fears for 2015:
- Corruption of government officials (58.0%)
- Cyber-terrorism (44.8%)
- Corporate tracking of personal information (44.6%)
- Terrorist attacks (44.4%)
- Government tracking of personal information (41.4%)
- Bio-warfare (40.9%)
- Identity theft (39.6%)
- Economic collapse (39.2%)
- Running out of money in the future (37.4%)
- Credit card fraud (36.9%)
Last month, Gallup found that 75% of Americans said they believe corruption is widespread in the government (up from 66% percent in 2009).
We at Washington’s Blog are non-partisan and non-dogmatic. We don’t believe that government is inherently good or inherently bad. We instead believe that each government has to be analyzed to determine its degree of honesty or corruption.
Unfortunately, it is T-H-O-R-O-U-G-H-L-Y documented that systemic corruption has destroyed America … as admitted by politicians on both sides of the political aisle.
(Sadly, America is not alone … governments worldwide are sliding down into mud pits of corruption.)
Postscript: Mainstream politicians and media are trying to browbeat Americans into trusting our government more. For example, Time Magazine tries to make fun of Americans who don’t trust the government … by comparing them to people who believe in aliens and the paranormal.
But we Americans don’t trust our government because our government has repeatedly demonstrated through its actions that it is corrupt and untrustworthy.