A shocking new poll out on Americans' growing cynicism about their federal government.
It's not really surprising that after seven years of an administration of serial liars, empty promises and failed plans, an overwhelming percentage of the public does not trust elected officials, their politics or the government they're supposed to be running.
What's really shocking is that 19% of Americans still do.
Everything seems upside-down in Washington these
Nearly one-in-five say they can always or most always trust that Washington crowd. Seriously? Who are these people? Cubs fans? Newly-arrived Martians? Rachel Maddowers?
Do you know five people who swallow everything they hear from the upside-down capital of our nation? How about two? ObamaCare is working really well? ISIS is on the run? The FBI is seriously probing Hillary Clinton's email scam?
Nineteen percent trusting is actually among the lowest in almost six decades. People even had more trust in Jimmy Carter's presidency. People had the most trust during the first year of Lyndon Johnson's sudden presidency. But then came Vietnam and Richard Nixon.
The newest poll from the Pew Research Center is based on 6,000 interviews this fall. It confirms suspicions that most people have felt for some time. Trust in those institutions began sagging during the second term of George W. Bush. But has absolutely cratered during these past 2,499 days of Barack Obama's hope and change.
It's gotten so bad that a convincing majority of Americans (55%) now believes that "ordinary Americans" could do a better job of addressing our nation's problems.Read the rest of this Andrew Malcolm op-ed HERE.
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