Public Trust in Government: 1958-2013
Explore public attitudes towards the federal government over time and compare the data with other key national indicators, such as consumer sentiment, the unemployment rate and changes within the elected leadership.
A majority of Americans want their lawmakers to put district wishes over national interests
A majority of the public says members of Congress should base their vote on the wishes of their district over the interest of the country.
More Concern About the Debt Limit, But Skepticism Persists
Public concern over breaching the debt limit deadline has risen only slightly from a week ago. Among those who see no dire economic consequences from missing the Thursday deadline, most say there is no need to raise the debt limit at all.
Public says dysfunctional government is nation’s top problem
A Gallup poll finds 33% of Americans cite dissatisfaction with government and elected representatives as the nation’s top issue.
Partisans Dug in on Budget Impasse
44% of Americans say that Republican leaders should agree to a budget deal without cuts or delays to the 2010 health care law, while 42% say it is Obama who should agree to cuts or delays in the law.
Supreme Court starts new term coming off record-low ratings
The Supreme Court began its new term today, after seeing its favorability ratings drop following rulings during its last term.
Most federal agencies viewed positively, despite frustration and anger with government
The public has long expressed a more negative opinion of “the government” than of the departments and agencies that actually carry out the work of government.
About half of Americans say the political parties have grown so far apart that they can’t agree on solutions
Almost half of Americans say Congress is gridlocked because of the wide partisan gap; more than a third say it’s because of a few members who won’t compromise.
Public Anger at Government Rises
Overall, 26% of Americans say they are angry at the federal government, while 51% feel frustrated. Just 17% say they are basically content with the government. Anger is most palpable among conservative Republicans.
The last government shutdown and now: a different environment
As the government faces its first shutdown since 1995-1996, the standoff between the Obama administration and Republicans over the federal budget is occurring in a different public opinion environment than when President Bill Clinton faced off with the GOP-controlled House.