It’s Complicated: Americans’ Relationship with the Federal Government Goes Beyond Distrust

Source: Carroll Doherty, Capitol Ideas, Vol. 59 no. 2, March/April 2016
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Ask some Americans about the federal government and they bluntly describe its flaws and failings. Ask them about what the government should do, and they tell a very different story. Carroll Doherty explains the results of a recent Pew Research Center national survey on public distrust of government.
Beyond Distrust: How Americans View Their Government
Source: Pew Research Center, November 23, 2015
Broad criticism, but positive performance ratings in many areas