A recent ;Pew
Research poll ;has found that only 26 percent of Americans
trust government to make the right decisions, 73 percent say they
have little confidence in government. A majority (53 percent) also
say government is a threat to Americans’ rights and freedoms. In
fact this is the highest number Pew has found since first asking
the question in 1995.
These concerns are shared by majorities across racial/ethnic
groups, age, education, gender, and political identity. However,
some groups are more likely than others to trust government
including millennials (35 percent), Democrats (38 percent),
African-Americans (38 percent), and Latinos (44 percent).
Overall ratings of the federal government have declined since
President Obama first took office, with the largest shift coming
from Democrats. In 2009, 61 percent of Democrats gave the federal
government favorable ratings, but that number has shrunk to 51
percent, Independents have declined from 35 percent favorable to 27
percent. Republican favorability has hovered around a quarter.
Interestingly, the closer government is to home, the higher its
favorability rating. ; Sixty-one percent have a favorable view
toward their local government, 52 percent like their state
government, compared to 33 percent who have a positive opinion of
the federal government. In line with these findings, 69 percent say
the federal government should only do what cannot be run at the
Read Pew’s findings ;here ;and ;here.