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Biden Drives Public Trust in Government to Record Lows

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Less than one year into his tenure, Joe Biden has already demonstrated a masterful reverse-Midas touch by driving public trust in government to unprecedented lows.  

That creates a calamitous paradox for a man whose entire tax-and-spend agenda depends upon boosting government trust, not eradicating it.  

Conversely, that dynamic also offers an opportunity for conservatives and libertarians, if they can illuminate the following cognitive connection:  Government trustworthiness and performance necessarily decline in direct proportion to its enlargement and centralization.  

Let’s begin with foreign affairs, since that lies within the federal government’s exclusive ambit and therefore offers a telling barometer of Joe Biden’s failures as president.  

According to Gallup, trust in government to handle international problems has fallen to a record low of 39%, a nine-point decline since one year ago under President Trump.  In the wake of Biden’s disastrous and humiliating Afghanistan withdrawal, groveling to China, desperation to placate Iran and empowerment of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, perhaps that shouldn’t surprise anyone.  So much for Biden’s boastful “America is Back” sloganeering upon entering office.  

The picture looks just as bleak when it comes to domestic issues.  The same 39% express a “great deal” or even “fair amount” of trust in the federal government when it comes to handling domestic problems.  That’s also down from just one year ago, when the supposedly inept Donald Trump still held office.  

Perhaps never in American history has a sense of electoral buyer’s remorse set in so quickly and so profoundly.  

In contrast, Americans express far greater trust in state and local government.  

In the same survey, Gallup asked “How much trust do you have in state and local government where you live when it comes to handling problems?”  By over a two-to-one margin, respondents answered that they trust state and local government a “great deal” or “fair amount.”  

It thus turns out that our Founding Fathers were on to something when they devised our federalist system that jealously protected state and local powers against central government intrusion.  Although ensuing centuries have witnessed increasing and unconstitutional federal intrusions into state authority, Americans today remain far more trusting of elected officials more proximate to them.  

That’s something that conservative leaders must constantly reemphasize when advocating preservation of our individual state “laboratories of democracy” to the American electorate, because it’s something they intuitively grasp.  

It’s worth noting another salient finding from Gallup.  Namely, the percentage of Americans who express a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in people who hold or are running for public office has actually fallen since Biden replaced Trump:  

Americans’ lack of confidence in government may be related, in part, to a waning trust in the elected decision-makers who are ultimately responsible for how government functions, along with the voters who put them in office.  Less than half of U.S. adults (44%) say they have a great deal or fair amount of confidence in people who hold or are running for public office, rivaling the record low of 42% from 2016.  

Although Gallup conspicuously avoids noting it, trust in elected officials leapt from a record low of 42% under Barack Obama in 2016 to 55% just two years later with Donald Trump in the White House.  From there Americans’ trust fell slightly in 2019 and 2020, but then plummeted again in this year’s survey with Joe Biden as president.  

Two other salient points stand out from the latest round of annual Gallup surveys.  

First, Americans’ approval ratings of federal government agencies have also fallen over the past two years during the transition from Trump to Biden, eight of them by double digits.  Any guess which agency showed the steepest drop?  That would be the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with 40% now saying it is doing an excellent or good job, down from 64% in 2019.  As Gallup notes to its credit, “None of the 13 agencies measured in both 2019 and 2021 showed an increase in positive job ratings.”  With the exception of NASA, which showed no change, Americans’ trust in federal agencies has fallen during the transition from Donald Trump to Joe Biden.  

Second, American trust in the mainstream media has once again fallen to near-record lows.  The number of Americans who express a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in the media “when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately and fairly” has tumbled four percentage points since last year to 36%.  That’s the second-lowest in Gallup’s history of measuring the question.  Only 7% of Americans say they have “a great deal” and 29% “a fair amount” of trust and confidence in newspapers, television and radio news reporting, whereas 29% of respondents possess “not very much” trust in mass media and 34% maintain “none at all.”  

Accordingly, as Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer seek to expand federal government intrusion into every imaginable realm of people’s lives, it’s incumbent upon conservative and libertarian leaders to highlight these realities.  As government has expanded and the mass media has become increasingly malevolent, Americans’ trust in them has justifiably plummeted.  

Illuminating that problematic connection is the first step in correcting it.  

Reprinted with Permission from - Center For Individual Freedom by - Timothy H. Lee

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Wicked
1 month ago

The usurper in the WH where he should never be!!! The laughingstock of the whole world!!!

Enuf Said
1 month ago

Not among his demented, satanic worshippers!!

H L Howell
1 month ago

I trusted my representative until he voted for the communistic reg flag law, now I am done with him. Maybe I should start looking at the independent party,couldn’t be any worse.

Enuf Said
1 month ago
Reply to  H L Howell

Why not primary the idiot out in his re-election year!!

Rae
1 month ago

Does anyone think this arrogant administration cares…this mess of a government has influenced my voting…I will vote Independent from now on…and to think that the Republicans…”Rolled Over”…and “Gave a Belly”… to their constituents…God help us…

Mario Capparuccini
1 month ago

What I wonder is that 39% still approve of Biden. What hallucinatory agent(s) have they ingested or inhaled?

Stephen Lykins
1 month ago

Exactly what I was thinking.

Becky
1 month ago

The ‘media’, in all its forms, has been lying to the American public since the early to mid 70s.
To find an agency that simply reports the news, such as OAN, has taken decades of waiting and searching. Mostly, ‘news’ is opinion and hasn’t met any form of truth in reporting for a very long time.
What is so sad is that the population has just now caught on to that lying.

Mario Capparuccini
1 month ago
Reply to  Becky

The Nazis would have salivated to have the propaganda machine that is the main stream media.

Hal
1 month ago

Yes. but they settled on killing the Jews in mass … since the Jewish Europeans would not finance Hitlers war machine to the hilt. That is what I call Nazi Communism … and what seems to be what the present US DemocRat Party is aiming for with non-DemocRat partisans in this Nation.

james carlyle
1 month ago

The system is seeking equilibrium with the dysfunctional Regime-another way of assessing the change.

Dave Smith
1 month ago

The biggest reason politicians on both sides of the aisle hate Donald Trump is he cared and worked for the American people instead of putting “party first, Americans be damned” power whores who care only about “remaining relevant to continue being elected!” He knew success for anyone willing to put forth the effort was good for everyone not just certain groups like the politicians pander to. He knew genuine success helps people improve their lives and handouts are nothing but economic chains, just barely enough to survive but completely worthless at helping Americans make a better life. He solved problems without the bureaucratic BS so ingrained into core of every career politician which means in short…he showed Americans we don’t need politicians, we need leadership! He threatened their existence which is why they so vehemently opposed him and why Americans love him!

R.J. from Arizona
1 month ago

Why trust the govt? Look who’s running it? Look at the cabinet heads!
This is a Looney Tunes Show.

David
1 month ago

Joe is the primo example of “The Peter Principle”.

pcz
1 month ago

Who ever wrote this should be rewarded with a key to the Whitehouse. Since this article covers practically every aspect of the story of the bastards who are killing America. This should be another wake up call. Obama taught Obiden how to carry on his so called legacy, which was to divide America racially, bankrupt corporate America and turn our overseas allies against us. The only thing left out is Harris who is who own fool thinking she can possibly run this country. The only good thing she has done proficiently is change biden diaper on time. Then complain about the affair between Schumer and Pelosi. AMERICA WAKE UP, WE MUST TAKE THIS COUNTRY BACK BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. THERE WILL BE A TIME WHEN ITS TOO LATE. GOD BLESS THIS GREAT COUNTRY, PUT SATEN AND THE COMMUNISTS RUNNING LOOSE IN THIS COUNTRY BACK WHERE THEY BELONG. BIDEN (DEPENDS)WILL MELT THERE.

Mandy
1 month ago

Let’s go Brandon.

Enuf Said
1 month ago
Reply to  Mandy

BUCK FIDEN!!

Hal
1 month ago

I think the American citizenry is gradually coming to realize that Joe Hidin’ Biden is a puppet for a cabal of left-win, liberal, Communist leaning political puppeteer string workers. And this means that the Nation is floating along like a canoe without oars approaching Niagara Falls with no way to aim the boat. The News Media IMO (with a few exceptions) has had a lot to do with this unhealthy attitude by becoming a propaganda outlet for the Democrats and their ilk. Of course the News Media Propagandists would spring to its self-defense. Joe Biden is a crook, liar, plagiarist, and it now too old (and shows it) to be effectively functioning as one would expect as POTUS. But the DemocRats at first blush were quite happy with that … except now the public is starting to wise up. And it is pretty well accepted that the POTUS election was rigged. God bless America and we pray to help us out of these unfortunate times.

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

Joe hiden biden’s whole political career was a disaster. No One bothered paying attention to the idiot because of all the lies and deception throughout his career. And somehow he took over our White House and is destroying our country

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
1 month ago

Americas favorite couple again, Biden and Harris. Givem a big hand folks. Kyle L.

Hal
1 month ago

With Biden running the Ship of State, it feels like there is nobody at the helm and the Nation is swerving towards a giant glacier.

Don Brinks
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

Did you mean iceberg?

Amelia Little
1 month ago

There are so many things the federal government has decided to take on that actually should be decided on a state level. Federal gov’t just takes over, throws out laws that are one-size fits all when the solutions aren’t viable for different regions of the country. The agencies like cdc, epa, etc should NEVER have gotten the ability to tell the citizens what to do/how to live–without even having to go through Congress. Of course, Congress let it happen–a pox on them!!! But, I think it was circle back jan who reiterated the mantra that foreign policy is biden’s strong point. It hasn’t been for the eons he was in Congress, it isn’t now. However, I think it was a speech late last week, biden was bragging how he is the best President we have had. He doesn’t even see anything wrong with his Afghanistan travesty–and, anything that went wrong with it is President Trump’s fault. I don’t if he said all these things on his own, or if the speechwriters (handlers) wrote it for him.

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  Amelia Little

He lies to the point that he believes himself to be true. He needs to be evaluated by a psychiatrist that isn’t appointed by the regime. I’m sure he’s had a lot of evaluations but the doctors are hiding the real issues

James Thompson
1 month ago

How is it looking at that green screen Joe?

J. Farley
1 month ago

This is not the low point, which is yet to come he doesn’t have the mental capacity nor the people in his Administration smart enough to turn this mess around, all of them are a prime example of the blind leading the blind or in this case idiots leading the idiots.

Wayne Mieth
1 month ago
Reply to  J. Farley

Please, don’t insult idiots!

Sherrylees
1 month ago
Reply to  Wayne Mieth

Why not. It is what it is!

Don Brinks
1 month ago
Reply to  J. Farley

I do not believe they are blind or idiots. I believe they know exactly what they are doing. They have a plan and they are executing the plan. And the end is servitude for all but the very few, very rich, at the top. One long hard look at Venezuela, where one roll of toilet paper costs 2.5 million Bolivars and an average days wage is the equivalent of about one U.S. dollar, will reveal all you need to know about where we are headed.

All of the lame excuses coming from this administration are exactly that, lame excuses. And they are given as a stalling tactic to allow Joey, Nancy, Chucky, et. al. to get things lined up so that they cannot be removed from their power positions in the next two election cycles.

You are right about one thing J. Farley, we have not yet reached the low point. But I do not believe anyone has a clue as to how low the actual low point is going to be!

Max
1 month ago
Reply to  Don Brinks

You are right.

Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Max

You can sink a ship hitting an iceberg or ramming a glacial wall. Either way, we’re sunk

Max
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Yes, if any of the leftist agenda in Congress gets approved and passed, then the game is up and this country is sunk.

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  Don Brinks

Mr. Brinks, you hit the nail on the the head

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  J. Farley

It’s going to take decades and people with brains, common sense and love and honor for this country and it’s citizens to turn this ship wreck around

CoNMTX
1 month ago

After more than 40 years as a career politician, Loopy Joe has done nothing positive for America. He has only made himself wealthier through his crooked dealings with China and who know what and who else. He has always been stupid but now we can add dementia or Alzheimers to that. My trust in Loopy Joe and/or the government is lower than zero. I believe nothing, not one syllable of anything anyone in government says. I believe all Covid information since March of 2020 has been nothing but lies to gain control of the people. The demo/globalists are evil and satanic baby killers.

mmc
1 month ago

Only one word for Biden – DISASTER

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