Fox News Poll: Six In Ten Voters Don’t Trust The Federal Government


By a 60-34 percent margin, American voters distrust the federal government, and that is about where sentiment has stood for more than a decade.

A majority of 54 percent trusted the government when the Fox News Poll first asked the question during George W. Bush’s presidency in 2002. 

That was fairly soon after September 11, so that number reflected a national rallying of sentiment around those attacks.

The question has been asked on and off again since 2002, and for the most part the share of voters trusting Uncle Sam has stayed between 32-37 percent — with two exceptions. 

Trust was in the low forties twice during former President Barack Obama’s time in office. It was 41 percent early in his first term, February 2009, then hit 42 percent in October 2012, right before his reelection (up from 33 percent the previous July).

Partisanship is a big driver on trustworthiness.  Among Republicans, 63 percent had faith in the government during Bush’s presidency in 2002. 

That dropped to 32 percent early in Obama’s presidency in 2009 — and stands at just 16 percent today.

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