Monday, July 7, 2014

United States: Confidence in All Three Branches of Federal Government Declines

According to The Christian Science Monitor, Gallup reports that Americans' confidence in all three branches of the federal government has fallen, reaching record lows for the Supreme Court (30%), both houses of Congress (7%) and a six-year low for President Obama at 29%.

The independent Quininipiac University poll reported this past week that one-third of American voters think President Obama is the worst US president since World War II. Another 28% chose George W. Bush.

What’s more, 45% of voters say America would be better off if Republican Mitt Romney had won the 2012 presidential election, yet 38% said the nation would be worse off with Romney.

COMMENT: "Over the span of 69 years of American history and twelve presidencies, President Barack Obama finds himself with President George W. Bush at the bottom of the popularity barrel," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "Would Mitt have been a better fit? More voters in hindsight say yes."

“While Americans clearly have the lowest amount of confidence in the legislative branch, ratings for all three are down and are at or near their lowest points to date. At this point, Americans place much greater faith in the military and the police than in any of the three branches of government.

“Members of Congress are likely resigned to the fact that they are the most distrusted institution of government, but there should be concern that now fewer than one in 10 Americans have confidence in their legislative body.