gallup – Americans’ trust in “the American people” to make judgments about political issues facing the country has declined each year since 2009 and, at 61%, is down nearly 20 percentage points from its recent peak in 2005. Still, that exceeds the 46% of Americans who trust the “men and women … who either hold or are running for public office,” which is one point above the historical low from 2011. The results are based on Gallup’s annual Governance survey, conducted Sept. 5-8. The same poll found that Americans’ trust in the federal government to handle domestic and international problems, their trust in the news media, and their trust in the three branches of the federal government, and in state and local governments are all at or near historical lows.
Wait…are 61% of people in this country really that stupid to trust the people of this country? Have you idiots not looked around? It’s baffling to think that for decades 80%+ of Americans trusted the thoughts and actions of “The American People”, but to have access to the internet and thousands of channels and any Waffle House/Denny’s after 1AM and not think this country is filled with people you can’t trust is nuts. Crazy to imagine only 39% of us are paying attention to what’s going on enough to know we shouldn’t trust each other. These are the same people who opened the door for THREE different kinds of Doritos-flavored taco shells and text-vote singing programs to dominate television ratings. What could possibly be giving the majority of people so much confidence in other people? Nobody should trust more than 20% of other people. MAX.