Gallup: Public’s trust in federal government to handle problems reaches 40-year low

posted at 4:41 pm on September 13, 2013 by Allahpundit

Lower than it was after Watergate, lower than it was at the nadir of Bush’s job approval collapse.

Obama promised he’d bring change, and he delivered:

Americans in the same survey also expressed historically low levels of confidence in the federal government’s ability to handle domestic problems, with 42% reporting a great deal or a fair amount of confidence. This is one point below the previous low of 43% in 2011.

Americans’ confidence in the federal government on domestic problems, as was true for international issues, peaked in the October post-9/11 poll, when 77% expressed confidence. Confidence then trended downward throughout the 2000s, and has sunk to several new lows since 2010. The exception is last year’s 51% reading, taken in the days after the Democratic National Convention, which helped fuel more positive feelings about the president and government more generally.

Follow the link and note the difference in how public trust has disintegrated on domestic problems versus foreign ones. On domestic matters, it’s been a slow, steady decline since the big 9/11 spike, interrupted briefly after each of Obama’s election wins. On foreign problems, public confidence remained relatively stable at around 60 percent since Obama was first elected in 2008 — until only recently, when the bottom dropped out. Gee, I wonder why:

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Not even during the darkest days of the Iraq war was there less confidence in the feds’ ability to solve problems abroad. Amazing.

Needless to say, O’s leadership isn’t the only factor affecting the numbers. Congress’s job approval is up a few points lately but still well below its historic norm of 33 percent, which is surely contributing to the decline on domestic problem-solving. Despite the heavy opposition among the public to an attack on Syria, some of the dip on foreign problem-solving may be coming from people who are on the fence about a strike or in favor but who are exasperated that, once again, Obama and Congress can’t get together on a solution. Gridlock affects the metric too, not just doubts about “smart power” and Hopenchange. But let’s be real: After months of stories about the IRS targeting members of the out party, the DOJ spying on reporters, the NSA spying on everyone, and Obama’s serial humiliation over Syria, most of this is a reaction to either White House policy or White House incompetence. The guy who ran promising to restore trust in government has now brought trust in government so low that Ron Paul’s son seems poised, per the cycle of every presidential election being a reaction to the last, to take advantage in the primaries in 2016. That’s no small accomplishment by The One.

Oh, by the way, turns out Obama’s new Consumer Financial Protection Board is hoping to data-mine 80 percent of Americans’ credit-card purchases this year, to the tune of 42 billion transactions or so. Sleep tight, civil libertarians.


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socalcon on September 13, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Second look at austerity?

blammm on September 13, 2013 at 4:44 PM

But do they associate Obama with the government, or is he their outsider champion?

PattyJ on September 13, 2013 at 4:45 PM

“Therefore, what was my explanation for the results we had? I argued that the most probable explanation was that the government now operates on such a massive scale that it had reached the stage of what economists call negative marginal returns. Anything additional it does, it messes up.”

Nobel-prize-winning economist Ronald Coase (1988)

aquaviva on September 13, 2013 at 4:45 PM

The question is:

What does the federal government intend to do with the information it mines from our credit card purchases?

What new legislation and regulations will spring from this data?

How much more will our right to privacy be abridged?

thatsafactjack on September 13, 2013 at 4:50 PM

So in other words, confidence in Obama domestically is far lower than for Bush even in the wake of Katrina. Given how much hysteria the MSM raised during that time, maybe the American people are finally.waking.up. One can hope.

Mayday on September 13, 2013 at 4:50 PM

But do they associate Obama with the government, or is he their outsider champion?

PattyJ on September 13, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Of course Obama isn’t considered “government”. He is hope and change, the one we have been waiting for, etc…

We failed HIM, you see?

Murphy9 on September 13, 2013 at 4:54 PM

I’m not encouraged. The amount of blind faith in government I see in people I talk to on the street is appalling. Reality has a hard time punching its way through the ignorance of the low information voters.

backwoods conservative on September 13, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Great news… if true…

mnjg on September 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM

42%???? – Why is the # that high?

Deafdog on September 13, 2013 at 5:04 PM

The exception is last year’s 51% reading, taken in the days after the Democratic National Convention,

That backdrop of the Russian navy really instilled confidence in quite a few people, evidently. LOL.

Man, that convention was one of the biggest idiot-fests in all of history. I can’t remember more people publicly flaunting their ignorance and perverted nature than at the Dem convention of twisted, insane, perverts. That Canadian chick going Howard Dean nuts on the podium was pretty funny, though.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 13, 2013 at 5:05 PM

But do they associate Obama with the government, or is he their outsider champion?

PattyJ on September 13, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Obama is still their champion. Their lack of trust is due to the obstructionaist Republicans who hate children and women

Ditkaca on September 13, 2013 at 5:07 PM

LOL and this is with the lap dog media trying its hardest to prop this guy up people. That says a lot.

If the media would do its job instead of just bashing conservatives ( at times it is deserved though ) and be non partisan… This guy would have been ran out of office already.

watertown on September 13, 2013 at 5:07 PM

The question is:

What does the federal government intend to do with the information it mines from our credit card purchases?

What new legislation and regulations will spring from this data?

How much more will our right to privacy be abridged?

thatsafactjack on September 13, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Turn it over to the IRS for death panel purposes.

“I see you bought an awful lot of soda pop, factjack. Let’s talk about healthier choices or no healthcare for you.”

Great incentive to use cash and barter.

rbj on September 13, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Obama will bring the ratings back up; look for the new “Michelle Twerking for ObamaCare” ad and DVD….

albill on September 13, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Pic of the Day: ManBoobs v MomJeans and New Steyn ‘American Ineffectualism’

Resist We Much on September 13, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Steyn’s piece is,as usual, brilliant and insightful.

Instead of Marco Rubio, and others, reacting to Putin’s comment about exceptionalism, the congress should be moving to replace Obama. The problem there lies in that there is no one in the chain to legally replace Obama with who might even be vaguely qualified to lead this nation and restore this nation’s standing in the world.

The reason for this parallels the decline in Hollywood. Too many people have been hired ( elected and appointed in the case of government) because of who they know, to whom they are related, or how well they can win a popularity contest… rather than because of what they know and their ability to perform their job efficiently and effectively, not to mention… ethically.

I draw this parallel intentionally. Our politicians, on both sides of the aisle… our political class.. have become actors… reacting to events rather than shaping them… spouting rehearsed speeches written by professional writers… and playing a role, readily altered at will by the desire to keep their job. It’s no surprise that, increasingly, those charged with running the nation seek the company, approval, and funding of those running Hollywood. They have so much in common.

thatsafactjack on September 13, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Shrinkage.

/Not surprising since he’s so small anyway.

Key West Reader on September 13, 2013 at 5:16 PM

All that these statistics do is compound the frustration. Because the GOP is totally incapable of doing a thing about any of them. The greater the advantage they appear to show in polls, the safer they will play — which means doing essentially nothing, and continuing to demoralize their base.

These are perverse days in almost every respect.

rrpjr on September 13, 2013 at 5:17 PM

So why are they monitoring CC purchases again? They have a warrant for those and probable cause right?

watertown on September 13, 2013 at 5:17 PM

rrpjr on September 13, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Wrong, There are too many Republicans that are in on this stuff and want it to continue.

watertown on September 13, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Got to had it to Obama, he’s lived down to every expectation.

Elect and empty suit, get an empty suit.

How long has it taken people to realize that? Only FIVE freaking years!

GarandFan on September 13, 2013 at 5:20 PM

We could bounce back stronger then ever if Obama and the other moonbats moved out of the way!

“Every American could leap out of economic stagnation and poverty by increasing the national economic security by developing our natural resources…Renewed/Upgrade our electricity grid and Frack…We would have the most prosperous century that has ever occurred in this country. We don’t have to be 2nd place to anybody like China…Our country can out produce any other nation on earth.” – John Hofmeister

“You mean every American could actually enjoy wealth & prosperity?” – Hannity

“And the government wouldn’t be paying for it. Developing our energy resources creates jobs in many industries” – John Hofmeister

http://www.citizensforaffordableenergy.org/

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 5:26 PM

RR nailed it 30 years ago.
.
“Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

FlaMurph on September 13, 2013 at 5:26 PM

There are too many Republicans that are in on this stuff and want it to continue.

watertown on September 13, 2013 at 5:18 PM

The establishment GOP will take no risks to press their advantage and send Big Government acolytes into retreat and defensiveness. In fact, they’re walking on eggshells now, fearing the media — which they suspect is feeling the public discontent and threat — will go after them even more. A few outliers like Paul and Cruz will keep up the fight, of course, but I’m referring to the Establishment, which will play it safe and attempt to con the base in 2014 for larger turnout just as they did in 2010.

rrpjr on September 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

uhoh….evil moonbat catfight…

“WASHINGTON – Federal investigators reportedly are looking into Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and its ties to a corruption case against a D.C. businessman sources say bankrolled questionable political operations.

Investigators have been looking into claims that Jeffrey Thompson allegedly shelled out more than a half million dollars to fund secret “street teams” operating in Texas, North Carolina, Indiana and Pennsylvania for Clinton’s 2008 campaign.

The teams would canvas neighborhoods and look for strategies to target voters in predominantly black and Hispanic precincts.

The Washington Post reported Friday that investigators are now turning their attention to Minyon Moore, a senior Clinton campaign adviser, and her role in arranging the street teams. The development comes as Clinton weighs a 2016 bid for the presidency.

The issue, according to a review of court documents, is that the creation of an off-the-books campaign with the cooperation of a senior campaign adviser could violate campaign finance rules. However, to do that, the government would have to prove that the creation and funding of the street teams violated federal campaign contribution limits….”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/09/13/feds-looking-into-clinton-2008-campaign-for-links-to-dc-corruption-case/#ixzz2eoK1Zdei

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 5:30 PM

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 5:26 PM

That is all it would take. get the EPA out of there. Look at ND gives you a look inside what the whole NATION could look like in short order. We need someone with backbone to just do it. I think every day normal citizens understand this and would welcome it , specailly when jobs and money started rolling in.

rrpjr on September 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

They keep putting guys like Rubio and Granisty front and center its not gonna happen.

watertown on September 13, 2013 at 5:32 PM

I say Frack Putin and the rest of the Anti-American International boosters for Fascism…

Frack…Frack…Frack Baby! And sever our mid-east oil dependence.

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 5:33 PM

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 5:30 PM

So in other words nothing will come from that.

watertown on September 13, 2013 at 5:33 PM

But do they associate Obama with the government, or is he their outsider champion?

PattyJ on September 13, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Rush explained this today, it’s the Limbaugh Theorem. The LIV’s see the REB as their champion, their outsider, who is valiantly trying to change government, hope and change and fundamental transformation and all that crap. Any of his failures are because government is so big and out of control that no human on Earth could do better than he is doing.

Really.

slickwillie2001 on September 13, 2013 at 5:35 PM

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Build more Nuke plants, use more natural gas… mix in with coal…

ITS SO SIMPLE and yet these guys bow to the minority that scream about some rare gnat that might live in the area.

watertown on September 13, 2013 at 5:36 PM

watertown on September 13, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Indeed.

50 years of prosperity unrivaled in our nations history…and for at least 50 years we will need Oil & Gas.

Texas has billions in surplus and the oil companies have just scratched the tip of the arroyo.

We could pay off our national debt.

“How long would it take to tap into that oil?” – Hannity

” It’s about a 3 year cycle for new fields…1 year for existing fields for the major companies…Less time about a year for the independents…” – John Hofmeister

“OPEC is laughing at us. They told me to my face…We are laughing at your president and his policies.” – John Hofmeister

“The Saudis are laughing at our president who won’t allow the Keystone Pipeline or drilling…They are playing the US for patsies in their Sunni-Shia conflict because they know they don’t have the reserves…and they know that we do” – John Hofmeister

In the US we drill 35,000 wells a year…1/2 of those are fracked. ND has strong permit policies.

It’s a great interview on Hannity Radio

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Build more Nuke plants, use more natural gas… mix in with coal…

ITS SO SIMPLE and yet these guys bow to the minority that scream about some rare gnat that might live in the area.

watertown on September 13, 2013 at 5:36 PM

It’s whoring our National Security both in terms of foreign policy and economic policy to satisfy the Sunni Nations OPEC.

The OPEC nations fund the Global Warming Moonbats.

There is no excuse for a Governmental Policy that prevents JOBS for the American People.

Montana is the next field they are excited about.

This will boost so many related industries it’s incredible…and it will also boost innovation.

This will also pay for infrastructure necessary throughout the country.

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 5:52 PM

The US is the Saudi Arabia of Coal…And we have Clean Coal Technology.

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 5:54 PM

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Your right profits drive innovation. As for the environment… I dont think any company would go out to intentionally hurt the environment. Course there are going to be a few bad apples, but as we saw in the BP spill ( blow up whatever ) nature has a way of cleaning up messes because it is after all… natural.

watertown on September 13, 2013 at 5:58 PM

But do they associate Obama with the government, or is he their outsider champion?

PattyJ on September 13, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Of course Obama isn’t considered “government”. He is hope and change, the one we have been waiting for, etc…

We failed HIM, you see?

Murphy9 on September 13, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Yup, it’s that danged “malaise” disease that comes whenever an incompetent socialist gets power…..
(i.e the malaise virus was first discovered during the Carter years and was directly attributed to the successful anecdote; the Reagan contraceptive which held the disease in check for decades until a senator from Chicago who is said to be a carrier of the most volatile type “O” malaise virus to Washington….

Don L on September 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

42%???? – Why is the # that high?

Deafdog on September 13, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Food Stamps.

Key West Reader on September 13, 2013 at 6:05 PM

What is really amazing about this data is that Republicans trusted government to handle domestic and foreign problems when there was a Republican government?? WHY?!?! I don’t trust the government to be able to do much of anything. It is a necessary evil that should never be trusted. And certainly never to fix domestic “problems.” Sheesh.

– The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’
-Ronald Reagan

besser tot als rot on September 13, 2013 at 6:08 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EWLeKGI0ro

Peter Wehner linked to this obama08 yes we can video.

take a look…and remember who barry is. This level of demagogy is unusual in this county. Watch the women on the risers in back of him start crying.

barry is the head of a movement…LIV? you betcha. the dumb and dumber? yes, they can take over a county.

the crooked? the left? the Cronies? the guys who will pay to play? Yes, and yes.

barry has built an infrastructure. For example, lets take the Unions. Let’s say that barry gives trumka et al. a waiver. 2016…Vote for Hillary to keep you waivers…otherwise the Rs will put you on obama.care

this is what state-run capitalism and banana republics look like.

Now, the Rs. What can they do to facedown a demagogue that has Won twice? And who have the press and the their pom poms arrayed against them…standing with the Demagogue?

r keller on September 13, 2013 at 6:16 PM

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’ Ronald Reagan

Love the pics.

besser tot als rot on September 13, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Let’s try this again:

Pic of the Day: ManBoobs v MomJeans and New Steyn ‘American Ineffectualism’

Resist We Much on September 13, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Love the pics.

besser tot als rot on September 13, 2013 at 6:18 PM

You know who else doesn’t trust the government? anarchists!

Murphy9 on September 13, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Great incentive to use cash and barter.

rbj on September 13, 2013 at 5:11 PM

You know, thats something a terrorist would say! If you love ‘merica you should buy everything on credit card!

/s

Great way to get around warrants isn’t it? I may love my country but I hate my government and sure as heck don’t trust it.

oryguncon on September 13, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Bush was a damned fool, but at least he had the stones to act. Obama is a fascist without the will to act. What is more contemptible?

spmat on September 13, 2013 at 11:43 PM