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Public trust in government near historic lows


Public trust in government near historic lows
% who say they trust the government to do what is right just about always/most of the time
Date.Individual pollsMoving average
5/19/2024PEW2222
6/11/2023PEW1619
5/01/2022PEW2020
4/11/2021PEW2421
8/2/2020PEW2024
4/12/2020PEW2721
3/25/2019PEW1717
12/04/2017PEW1818
4/11/2017PEW2019
10/04/2015PEW1918
7/20/2014CNN1419
2/26/2014PEW2418
11/15/2013CBS/NYT1720
10/13/2013PEW1919
5/31/2013CBS/NYT2020
2/06/2013CBS/NYT2022
1/13/2013PEW2623
10/31/2012NES2219
10/19/2011CBS/NYT1017
10/04/2011PEW2015
9/23/2011CNN1518
8/21/2011PEW1921
2/28/2011PEW2923
10/21/2010CBS/NYT2223
10/01/2010CBS/NYT1821
9/06/2010PEW2423
9/01/2010CNN2523
4/05/2010CBS/NYT2023
4/05/2010PEW2522
3/21/2010PEW2224
2/12/2010CNN2622
2/05/2010CBS/NYT1921
1/10/2010GALLUP1920
12/20/2009CNN2021
8/31/2009CBS/NYT2422
6/12/2009CBS/NYT2023
12/21/2008CNN2625
10/15/2008NES3124
10/13/2008CBS/NYT1724
7/09/2007CBS/NYT2424
1/09/2007PEW3128
10/08/2006CBS/NYT2929
9/15/2006CBS/NYT2830
2/05/2006PEW3431
1/20/2006CBS/NYT3233
1/06/2006GALLUP3232
12/02/2005CBS/NYT3232
9/11/2005PEW3131
9/09/2005CBS/NYT2930
6/19/2005GALLUP3035
10/15/2004NES4639
7/15/2004CBS/NYT4041
3/21/2004PEW3638
10/26/2003GALLUP3736
7/27/2003CBS/NYT3643
10/15/2002NES5546
9/04/2002GALLUP4646
9/02/2002CBS/NYT3840
7/13/2002CBS/NYT3840
6/17/2002GALLUP4443
1/24/2002CBS/NYT4646
12/07/2001CBS/NYT4849
10/25/2001CBS/NYT5554
10/06/2001GALLUP6049
1/17/2001CBS/NYT3144
10/31/2000CBS/NYT4038
10/15/2000NES4442
7/09/2000GALLUP4239
4/02/2000ABC/POST3138
2/14/2000PEW4034
10/03/1999CBS/NYT3036
9/14/1999CBS/NYT3833
5/16/1999PEW3133
2/21/1999PEW3131
2/12/1999ABC/POST3232
2/04/1999GALLUP3334
1/10/1999CBS/NYT3734
1/03/1999CBS/NYT3337
12/01/1998NES4033
11/15/1998PEW2630
11/01/1998CBS/NYT2426
10/26/1998CBS/NYT2628
8/10/1998ABC/POST3431
2/22/1998PEW3435
2/01/1998GALLUP3933
1/25/1998CBS/NYT2632
1/19/1998ABC/POST3132
10/31/1997PEW3931
8/27/1997ABC/POST2231
6/01/1997GALLUP3226
1/14/1997CBS/NYT2327
11/02/1996CBS/NYT2527
10/15/1996NES3328
5/12/1996GALLUP2731
5/06/1996ABC/POST3429
11/19/1995ABC/POST2527
8/07/1995GALLUP2222
8/05/1995CBS/NYT2021
3/19/1995ABC/POST2220
2/22/1995CBS/NYT1821
12/01/1994NES2221
10/29/1994CBS/NYT2222
10/23/1994ABC/POST2220
6/06/1994GALLUP1719
1/30/1994GALLUP1920
1/20/1994ABC/POST2422
3/24/1993GALLUP2225
1/17/1993ABC/POST2825
1/14/1993CBS/NYT2425
10/23/1992CBS/NYT2225
10/15/1992NES2925
6/08/1992GALLUP2329
10/20/1991ABC/POST3535
3/06/1991CBS/NYT4742
3/01/1991ABC/POST4546
1/27/1991ABC/POST4640
12/01/1990NES2833
10/28/1990CBS/NYT2532
9/06/1990ABC/POST4235
1/16/1990ABC/POST3838
6/29/1989CBS/NYT3539
1/15/1989CBS/NYT4441
11/10/1988CBS/NYT4443
10/15/1988NES4141
1/23/1988ABC/POST3940
10/18/1987CBS/NYT4143
6/01/1987ABC/POST4743
3/01/1987CBS/NYT4244
1/21/1987CBS/NYT4343
1/19/1987ABC/POST4442
12/01/1986NES3944
11/30/1986CBS/NYT4943
9/09/1986ABC/POST4044
1/19/1986CBS/NYT4244
11/06/1985CBS/NYT4943
7/29/1985ABC/POST3842
3/21/1985ABC/POST3740
2/27/1985CBS/NYT4642
2/22/1985ABC/POST4345
11/14/1984CBS/NYT4644
10/15/1984NES4441
12/01/1982NES3339
11/07/1980CBS/NYT3932
10/15/1980NES2530
3/12/1980CBS/NYT2627
11/03/1979CBS/NYT3028
12/01/1978NES2931
10/23/1977CBS/NYT3332
4/25/1977CBS/NYT3534
10/15/1976NES3336
9/05/1976CBS/NYT4035
6/15/1976CBS/NYT3335
3/01/1976GALLUP3334
2/08/1976CBS/NYT3635
12/01/1974NES3636
10/15/1972NES5353
12/01/1970NES5454
10/15/1968NES6262
12/01/1966NES6565
10/15/1964NES7777
12/01/1958NES7373

Sources: Pew Research Center, National Election Studies, Gallup, ABC/Washington Post, CBS/New York Times, and CNN surveys.

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