Gallup: 81% dissatisfied with government

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A recent Gallup survey found that a record number of people are dissatisfied with the way they are being governed. And while there seems to be a disconnect between the discontent and the root of the problem (too. much. government.), it does look like reality is beginning to set in.

From Gallup:

Key Findings:

·         82% of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job.

·         69% say they have little or no confidence in the legislative branch of government, an all-time high and up from 63% in 2010.

·         57% have little or no confidence in the federal government to solve domestic problems, exceeding the previous high of 53% recorded in 2010 and well exceeding the 43% who have little or no confidence in the government to solve international problems.

·         53% have little or no confidence in the men and women who seek or hold elected office.

·         Americans believe, on average, that the federal government wastes 51 cents of every tax dollar, similar to a year ago, but up significantly from 46 cents a decade ago and from an average 43 cents three decades ago.

·         49% of Americans believe the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. In 2003, less than a third (30%) believed this.

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Allow me to quote Ronald Reagan when he said “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.”