Category Archive: anti-government polling data

Mar 11

Americans increasingly detest their government; but it keeps getting bigger and more powerful

Nick Gillespie of Reason Magazine has documented the increasing anti-government opinions of Americans. “In 1964, according to Pew Research, 77 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that they “can trust the government in Washington always or most of the time.” By 2015, that figure stood at just 19 percent.” A Gallup poll, conducted regularly …

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Feb 27

60 percent of Americans suspect journalists are paid by their sources; they may be right

A new survey by the Columbia Journalism Review in partnership with Reuters/Ipsos has found that the public’s trust in mainstream news media is lower than the public’s trust in any other institution, including even Congress. “For decades, we’ve known that Americans don’t trust the press. What we haven’t known is how people view the makings …

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Dec 02

French citizens protest “climate change” impositions

Thousands of French citizens have taken to the streets wearing high-visibility yellow jackets to protest the government’s burdensome fuel taxes. Diesel and gasoline taxes have increased by more than 20 percent in recent months and the government expects to further increase tax burdens on the population. Just as with the government of Australia, the government …

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Oct 10

Confidence in U.S. higher education plummets below 50 percent

Each year Gallup polls Americans on their level of confidence in various institutions. Just 11 percent of respondents expressed confidence in Congress, which has ranked at the bottom for several years. Also ranking near the bottom are TV “news” organizations (with just 20 % of Americans expressing confidence), the criminal justice system (earning the trust …

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Jul 22

Startling new research: the more government “benefits” a person receives, the more that person hates government

New research demonstrates what most people already know: Government social spending has grown substantially over the past 50 years, even as wages have stagnated. The new book by Cornell political scientist Suzanne Mettler, “The Government-Citizen Disconnect” examines 21 federal programs including Social Security, Medicaid, SNAP, and the home mortgage interest deduction. Mettler finds that 96 …

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Jul 22

Gallup Poll: Literally No One Says Climate Change is America’s Greatest Problem

Recently, during July 2018, Gallup conducted a telephone survey of a random sample of 1,033—adults, ages 18+, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Each respondent was asked “What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?” The thousand-plus Americans gave some 47 different answers. Not one …

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Jul 03

65% of Americans say “the system is rigged”

Many Americans have lost faith in elections and government. A poll by Frank Luntz shows that 65% of surveyed Americans agreed that “the system in America is rigged against everyday, ordinary Americans.” See here.

Jun 27

Electric car programs take money from the poor and give it to the rich –and Americans oppose them by wide margins

Government trusters often promote various “alternative energy” schemes designed to wean society off of fossil fuels. One scheme is to have government pay companies to make electric cars. And to subsidize consumers to purchase said cars. And to pay gas stations to install electric charging stations, etc. American taxpayers have been forced to pay billions …

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May 18

Social Security impoverishes: One-third of Americans have less than $5,000 saved for retirement.

A new study by Northwestern Mutual finds that one-third of Americans have less than $5,000 set aside for retirement. 21% of Americans have no retirement savings at all. SOCIAL SECURITY TO BLAME Many workers don’t save for the future because they assume they can live on Social Security. But that’s a dangerous, misguided assumption. In …

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Mar 19

74 percent of Americans say a “Deep State” controls national policy

Monmouth University has conducted a poll asking Americans about their opinions of the ‘deep state.’ Republicans, Democrats and Independents all agree: a ‘deep state’ composed of unelected manipulators secretly controls national policy from behind the scenes. in all, 74 percent of Americans say a deep state is driving national policymaking. See here.

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