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Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 781 -- Distrust & Discontent About Government.

People Angry At Washington-

Plenty of people are talking about the Pew Center's new survey research showing growing levels of anti-government, anti-establishment sentiment. You should really take a few minutes to read this. It's important, because Americans (in the modern era of constant polling) have rarely-- if ever-- been so fed up with the federal government:

Just 22% say they can trust the government in Washington almost always or most of the time, among the lowest measures in half a century. About the same percentage (19%) says they are “basically content” with the federal government, which is largely unchanged from 2006 and 2007, but lower than a decade ago.

Opinions about elected officials are particularly poor. In a follow-up survey in early April, just 25% expressed a favorable opinion of Congress, which was virtually unchanged from March (26%), prior to passage of the health care reform bill. This is the lowest favorable rating for Congress in a quarter century of Pew Research Center surveys. Over the last year, favorable opinions of Congress have declined by half – from 50% to 25%.

Some really ominous numbers for Democrats:

Independents who are highly dissatisfied with government are far more committed to voting this year than are independents who are less frustrated (78% vs. 58%). Overall, independents voters slightly favor the GOP candidate in their district by a 41% to 34% margin, but those who are highly dissatisfied with government favor the Republican candidate by an overwhelming 66% to 13% margin.

Indeed, Buyer's Remorse is strongly evident, after a brief flirtation with big government:


These numbers also foreshadow some serious demagoguery coming down our way in the next several months:


You can bet your britches that Democrats will ratchet up their already-fiery anti-business rhetoric even further in the next few months.

The best news in the survey is that a) Republicans are the most fired up and eager to vote in the Fall, and b) Independents are more fired up than Democrats to vote, and they are planning on voting Republican in the Fall.

Turnout wins elections. In 2006 and 2008, Republicans didn't have great reasons to go to the polls. Far too many of our elected officials had let us down. Democrats, meanwhile, were fired up and eager. Turnout won the day. Turnout and enthusiasm will win the day in 2010.


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