- Jun 19, 2000
Majority Of Respondents Don't Trust Washington
At A Glance: Key Survey Findings
Source: Pew Research Center
- Just 22 percent of Americans say they can trust the government in Washington almost always or most of the time, among the lowest measures in a half-century.
- Public hostility toward government seems likely to favor Republicans in the midterm elections this fall. But favorable ratings for both major parties, as well as Congress, have reached record lows.
- The proportion of Americans who say they are "angry" with the federal government has doubled since 2000, increasing from 10 percent to 20 percent.
- Independents who are highly frustrated with government are highly committed to voting this year, and they favor the GOP candidates in their district by a margin of 66 percent to 13 percent.
IndeedA new Pew Research Center survey finds that nearly 80 percent of respondents say they can't trust Washington, and have little faith that the federal bureaucracy can solve the nation's ills.