AMERICAN SURVEY - What Do We Trust In?


WHOM DO YOUR NEIGHBORS TRUST?

A deficit of trust

"Americans have always feared a 'TOO large, TOO powerful government' and of concentrations of power generally ... but currently, there are three other factors at work," says William Galston of the Brookings Institution, a White House adviser to President Clinton and co-author of Democracy At Risk.

* * "Trust in government is at a very low ebb ...

* * A firm conviction that spending is out of control,

* * That government is 'broken', has lost its way, and doesn't know what it major purposes are.

These beliefs absolutely trump everything else."

About 8 of 10 Americans say "Federal Government is expanding too fast, and it's too large, and the health care bill - even if well-intentioned - will be a disaster if not repealed."

"We are quickly moving into becoming a socialist state, and that's something most working Americans definitely do not want to see happen."


Amazingly, we are at a serious crossroads in the USA:

FACT: 51% of Americans work and pay income taxes;

FACT: 49% of Americans do NOT work and pay NO income taxes;



SURVEY QUESTION ASKED: How much trust or confidence do you have in...

* God: 97% (3% just sometimes, emergencies)

* American Military: 90%

* Churches in general: 72%

* One's local government: 70%

* American people as a whole: 69%

* Your own state government: 52%

* The U. S. Supreme Court: 66%

* Executive Branch, President: 49%

* Politicians in general: 47%

* Modern mass media: 43%

* Public Schools: 39%

* U.S. Congress, House and Senate: 36%

Source: Gallup Poll of 1,019 adults taken Sept. 13-16. Margin of error +/-4 percentage points.

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A BIGGER OR SMALLER GOVERNMENT?

What's the federal government DOING that it

should NOT be doing? The TOP FIVE FAILURES

1 - Spending TOO MUCH!

2 - Overtaking health care

3 - Overtaking GM. AIG, banks and etc.,

4 - Raising taxes

5 - Partial Viet Nam type War in Afghanistan


What's the federal government NOT doing that it

SHOULD be doing? The TOP FIVE FAILURES

1 - Create Jobs, Repair the Economy,

2 - Secure Borders, control illegal aliens,

3 - Focus in the Nation, not baseball & steroids, having comedians address Congress,etc., - get serious - like our problems are!

4 - Return Education responsibility to Local Levels!

5 - Balance Budget

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USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of 1,019 adults taken Sept. 13-16. Margin of error +/- 4 percentage points.

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