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  • Pew Poll: Government Is Not the Solution

    President Obama came to Washington to restore trust in government. A new Pew Research Center survey indicates he’s failed.

    Just 22% of the poll’s respondents said they trust the federal government almost always or most of the time. That’s one of the all-time low points in the survey and represents a decline from when Obama took office.

    The last time Americans felt this discontent with Washington was 1994. The similarities are eerie: A newly elected Democrat was in the White House, the country was recovering from a recession, and President Bill Clinton was making an aggressive push for government-run health care.

    Republicans took control of Congress that November—and that was after Hillarycare failed to win approval in Congress.

    “Health care reform contributed in the second half of last year to this growing concern about the power of government,” Pew Research Center Director Andrew Kohut told NPR. “The public,” he added, “wants a less activist government.”

    Pew’s survey found the percentage who believe the federal government has the wrong priorities stands at 38 percent, a sharp increase from 29 percent in 1997. Half of Americans say government is inefficient. The full survey, along with several charts, is available from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

    Polling was done at the height of the health care debate, between March 11-21, contributing to the 24 percent positive view of Congress—the lowest ever recorded in the survey. In fact, Kohut indicated the numbers were so bad that Pew took additional surveys prior to releasing the data.

    “We were concerned that we had done this in the middle of the health care reform controversy and maybe we were getting kind of a misread on it,” Kohut told NPR. “But we did two or three follow-up national surveys and we found the same negative numbers.”

    When asked by Heritage if the survey was intentionally not released to avoid having an impact on the health care debate, a spokesman for the Pew Research Center rebuffed the idea. He said the intention was always to release the data in April.

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    6 Responses to Pew Poll: Government Is Not the Solution

    1. Cornelia Cree Dallas says:

      I can't believe I did so badly on the Pew Quiz. I watch 2 hours of Fox and Friends, 1 each of Glenn Beck, O'Reilly, and Gretchen almost every single day and I barely made 3 correct.

    2. Billie says:

      Gosh, the polls. hmm… well, if it's in the negative it must be right!

      Maybe if the president wouldn't be involving himself with everything unconstitutional and focused on his duties as president it wouldn't have been so bad. But his intent is showing to more and more and people are starting to see their error and retract.

    3. RD quinn says:

      Americans may be opposed to big government but they also seem to embrace entitlements once implemented and in the process ignore the budget and deficits. Sadly, this will be true of the PPACS as well. Politicians know this and leverage it.

      http://www.quinnscommentary.com

    4. John Keough, Ann Arb says:

      One need only look at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to know that government is NOT the solution. The current tarring and feathering of Goldman Sachs is a head fake. The real problem is Fannie and Freddie……but that would mean changing the way that GOVERNMENT does business. They will suppress discussion of Fannie and Freddie at every turn and it will disappear from the radar screen if intelligent and thoughtful people do not keep it in the news. …….Sorry for the all caps on government, but I am unable to use italics in this format. :-)

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    6. H. Bishop Tucson, Az says:

      I cannot believe that the anal orifices in congress have the temerity,and the unmitigated gall to vote themselves a raise in pay when the rest of the country is in such dire straights. Not only should they be ashamed of themselves, but should also be reminded that God willing,the american public will remember their actions this coming November,and hopefully,they will all be looking for new jobs

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