Monday, April 19, 2010

Poll: Only 22% Trust Government

I was surprised to see this AP story show up in the Times- Standard this morning. Good or bad news, depending on one's perspective: Only 22% of the people polled trust the federal government to do the right thing.

I'm rather skeptical of the results. It would seem to me if so many people felt that way, incumbents wouldn't have such a high re- election rate.


At 10:12 AM, Blogger AJ said...

The survey was conducted March 11 to April 11. Hmm, what's on people's minds as April approaches?

At 10:39 AM, Blogger mresquan said...

"if so many people felt that way, incumbents wouldn't have such a high re- election rate."

Most of the time it seems that those given the most resources challenging the incumbents aren't all that much better.Same goes locally for the 4th district race,people may dislike Bonnie,but are her challengers likely to be any better?
Even ardent supporters of Virginia seem to be having a hard time pinpointing exactly where she will do a better job than Bonnie.

At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Reporta said...

That doesn't really surprise me. Congressional approval is at an all-time low. Has been for some years now even before the Dems took over. Time is ripe for a third party to rise up.

At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Federal Government ended slavery, defeated the Nazi menace, and established a social safety net for American citizens.

I can hear the majority of 21st Century Americans saying: "But what have you done for me lately?"

At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Reg'lar Reader said...

Fred only approves of social safety nets for Fred.

At 7:52 PM, Blogger AJ said...

There's an excellent scifi show on this Saturday night that deals with the public's penchant for forgetting the dark side of politics. (Doctor Who on BBC America, 9 p.m. Saturday) Upon the Earth's demise, nations launch themselves into space. On Spaceship UK, every 5 years, citizens head to voting booths to be told the deep, dark secret of their spaceship -- then are given the choice of two buttons, labeled "Protest" and "Forget." For untold ages, the citizens have chosen to forget.

Five years is about right. It's not "What have you done for me lately." It's really, "I don't remember what you've done, so I'll vote for you again."

At 9:16 AM, Anonymous South Coaster said...

I don't think it's against any "social safety net" as you call it. I think it's about the history of government under the plea of safety and goodness imposing itself between an individual and his God given inalienable rights. Our world has a long history of oppression through various types of "social goodness". We believe in liberty of conscience and civil equality. As the ancient proverb states. "Cursed is the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm."

At 6:16 PM, Anonymous South Toaster said...

What the hell is he yammering about?


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