Since Democrats won back a majority, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has shown an inability to work with President Trump on domestic and international issues.
Her “my way or the highway” approach and resistance to President Trump helped result in the nation’s longest federal government shutdown and lawmakers have still not passed a border security bill. So, how is this impacting voters and their confidence in the government?
Gallup reports, “Americans’ trust in the federal government’s ability to handle both domestic and international problems has sunk to the lowest points in more than two decades. Thirty-five percent of Americans have ‘a great deal’ or ‘a fair amount’ of trust and confidence in the U.S. government’s ability to deal with domestic issues, down from 45 percent four months ago. Over the same period, the reading for handling international issues has dropped nine percentage points, to 41 percent.”
“The public’s trust in the government’s handling of both domestic and international issues has been severely breached, reaching record lows in the latest polling. Until 2007, majorities of Americans consistently expressed confidence on both fronts,” the report added.
The Washington Examiner reports there are a number of factors contributing to the overall loss of trust in the government.
Here’s Gallup’s bottom line:
The public’s trust in the government’s handling of both domestic and international issues has been severely breached, reaching record lows in the latest polling. Until 2007, majorities of Americans consistently expressed confidence on both fronts.
Trust in the federal government to handle problems at home and abroad has consistently been prone to swings in partisans’ views, depending on the party of the sitting president. The latest overall declines in trust, however, are mostly attributable to Republicans’ falling confidence. Whereas a decrease in Democrats’ trust might be expected under a Republican president, it is less common for a president’s party faithful to abruptly lose trust in the government. This may be a temporary reaction to recent events or to Republicans’ loss of power in Washington, but Trump and Republican leaders might want to take heed.
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