The results of two surveys were released this week and both strongly indicated that Americans are starting to lose faith in their government. The first, a study from the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, revealed that Americans’ confidence in all three branches of government was “at or near record lows in 2014.” In the second, a Gallup poll conducted over the weekend, “dissatisfaction with government” was the number one response when people were asked about the most important problem facing the U.S.
The NORC General Social Survey has been conducted 30 times since 1972, making it a highly-regarded and useful survey for analyzing historical social trends. This time around, it has shown that only 5% and 23% of adults have “a great deal of confidence” in the congressional and judicial branches of government, respectively. Both of those numbers are lower than they have ever been before. Perhaps not surprisingly, more than 50% of those surveyed said they had “hardly any confidence” in Congress.
Faith in the executive branch is also low, but not quite record-breaking yet. According to these new 2014 results, 11% of Americans said they had a great deal of confidence in the executive branch.