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Poll: 73% distrust US Federal Government

March 13, 2013

The US public’s distrust of the central government in Washington, DC continues to grow, as it has done since 2002, according to a recent RT article. Nearly three quarters of the public now distrusts the Feds:

Polls reveal that Whites have the lowest level of trust in the Federal Government.

Polls reveal that Whites have the greatest distrust in the Federal Government.

A new poll shows that 73 percent of Americans distrust the decisions made by the federal government – a number that has been steadily increasing throughout the last two administrations.

At its highest point, which occurred during President Obama’s first term, 80 percent of Americans lacked faith in the federal government. While former President George W. Bush fared slightly better, his administration witnessed a steady decline in trust that began in 2002, according to the new data from the Pew Research Center.


Most interesting, there are major differences among the various racial groups  in the level of trust of the central government. Whites, who as we have reported now display historic levels of pessimism (which is unsurprising given that they are in the process of being demographically replaced due to Federal immigration policy), trust the government the least. Hispanics, who have benefited as a group from Federal policies and court decisions, are twice as trusting of the Feds. As we have reported, polls reveal that Hispanics, even after generations of living in the United States, tend to be much more supportive of big government than are White Americans. Blacks, who are perhaps the most Federally-dependent racial group in the USA, also have much greater trust in the Federal Government than do Whites.

“However, there are disparities. More than twice as many Hispanics as whites (44 percent vs. 20 percent) trust the federal government, and more blacks (38 percent) than whites trust the government,” Pew Research writes about the data.

Those with a higher rate of government distrust include older Americans, independents and Republicans.

… [N]ot only has trust in the federal government steadily declined since Obama took office, but public perception has also gone down, particularly among Democrats. Only 33 percent of Americans have a positive opinion of the federal government and 69 percent said that Washington should only conduct operations that can’t be handled by individual states.

These numbers support earlier polls which showed that a majority of the public views Washington, DC as a threat to freedom and nearly all Republicans have a negative view of the Federal Government. Is it any wonder that support for secession from the Union is so high?


It is also revealing that the more local government is, the more confidence and trust that the public has in that government. Conversely, the more distant and centralised the government, the less confidence and trust the public has in it.

Pew Research found that the highest favorability ratings were of local governments that were closest to Americans’ homes. More than 60 percent of Americans said they had a favorable view toward their local government, with 52 percent having faith in their state government.

But over the past decade, favorability ratings of federal, state and local governments have all been on the decline, during both the Bush and Obama administrations.

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Also see: Historic White pessimismPoll: Hispanics favour big governmentPoll: Majority believes US Federal Government threat to freedom and Nearly all Republicans have unfavourable opinion of US Federal Government

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  • Anti-Federalist

    This poll is hard for me to believe. Typically when they have a poll like this there is follow-up question which ask if the Federal government should do more to solve problems. Whenever they ask this question 70% says the Federal government should be doing more.


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