Poll: Americans have little faith in government

  • Article by: CHARLES BABINGTON , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 2, 2014 - 4:39 AM

WASHINGTON — Americans enter 2014 with a profoundly negative view of their government, expressing little hope that elected officials can or will solve the nation's biggest problems, a new poll finds.

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comment229Jan. 2, 14 5:00 AM

Oh please..... I am a dedicated independent, and can yell you that you will find most people want to "throw the bums out" but not my members of congress who are doing a great job. You find gerrymandered districts, both democrat and republican, that elect anti intellectuals; yes Bachmann should never have been anywhere near D.C. and I am sure there are a few democrats in that department too. I am sure if our founding fathers could meet some of these legislators, they would roll their eyes, and tell you that we must have a tremendous sense of humor in the future. But the bottom line in all this, is who is to blame? Well... who voted for them? PS. I didn't.... The only vote that I ever cast that I was proud of, shocked the world.

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professormnJan. 2, 14 5:04 AM

There are two large problems with our government. The first is private interest/lobbyists control over politicians and elections. When someone loses their seat they just turn around and accept a big job in the private sector and pull out their rolodex. We need campaign reform, laws that prevent losers in elections to become winner lobbyists, and all advertising for candidates should be equal. The second problem is that our government model is not functioning as our population grows. More power should rest in the state government, less defense spending as we are doubling what the rest of the entire world spends, and less aid to foreign countries.

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comment229Jan. 2, 14 5:07 AM

PS... The candidate I would vote for is the candidate that will tout these ideas: bring all the troops home, slash the extremely bloated military, move back to the tax code of the Clinton era, cut welfare in half, and the same with social security disability..... expand our dependence on green energy and less on fossil fuels, and put a severe tariff on products made by companies that move their businesses out of the USA, but keep their company headquarters here, and do business here (economic treason). So who will I vote for in November? Well, I am sure with the list I just proposed, I will have very few republicans or democrats on my side. So, stick your head in the sand, and tell me we have a spending problem in this country. I won't believe that until both political parties get serious about cuts and doubt if I will ever see that in my life time and time marches on.... the decline of America? No doubt....

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professormnJan. 2, 14 5:09 AM

How about we make our healthcare system like the school system with private and public hospitals? Public school teachers are paid better than private school teachers so doctors would still make a bundle. We hold these truths to be self-evident... we are entitled to LIFE. No one should have to decide which finger to sew back on because of money! Another idea would be to have a "citizen tax" that is an equal percentage based on your total wealth (all assets!). If you want to retain your citizenship to the US you must pay 10% of your total assets in taxes each year. That way if I am a Walton and inherited Wal Mart I would pay 10% of my wealth each year, but if I am living in a one room hotel and have nothing I would pay a lot less. No worries about offshore bank accounts and all that. If you cheat you lose your citizenship. And... Because corporations are people they would also need to become citizens and pay the tax. What a joke that was. Just a few ideas outside the box.

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mylittleidJan. 2, 14 7:07 AM

"Fifty-seven percent of Americans say "we need a strong government to handle today's complex economic problems." ---- So maybe Republicans should get together with Democrats and support better regulation of the financial sector instead of fighting it tooth and nail.

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elmore1Jan. 2, 14 7:27 AM

I am encouraged by the likes of Bachman, Rybak and Ritchie stepping down. My hope is that a moderate party will emerge and start getting things done.

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elind56Jan. 2, 14 7:28 AM

Fifty-seven percent of Americans say "we need a strong government to handle today's complex economic problems."---------------------------The sour economy is a direct result of Americans looking to government to "handle" it. The four areas of the economy where government has inserted itself the most (housing, health care, energy, and education) are also the areas that experience the most chaos. This is not coincidence. This is cause and effect.

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formergopJan. 2, 14 8:48 AM

Term limits. Lobbyists reform. No politician can work for a lobbyists for 5 years after leaving office. Flat tax rate. No tax loop holes. This would alone would significantly cut the size of government. We need to get the money and greed out of politics.

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mobydick1Jan. 2, 14 9:00 AM

I, pretty much, agree with the sentiments of most of the comments. I can remain only pessimistic regarding possible future improvements. The politicians, for the most part, are venal, self-serving individuals. They do what their puppet masters tell them to do, or they are out of office. Political parties insure there will be no change, and voters are too dumb to take steps to remedy the problem

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dakmarknetJan. 2, 1410:26 AM

If you think Democrats are a problem, look no further than Texas and you can see what a far-right government has done. Texas has enacted a tax on alcohol served in restaurants and bars as of Jan 1, 2014. Where previously there was no tax on these services, Texas has enacted an 8.5% tax. This was done to off-set the reduction on corporate taxes for the oil and gas industry as well as many other large corporations in the state. Tax the little guy who just wants a beer at the local bar so the big corps can make more profits and get higher incentives for the wealthy. Those frisky old republican lawmakers.

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