Losing Trust and Confidence in the U.S. Government


by Mustang

Since 1958, we’ve had Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush the Younger, Obama, Trump, and Biden.  Thirteen presidents.  At no time since Kennedy have the American people indicated more than 49% confidence in any president — and that was Bill Clinton’s high mark in 2001.  Note also that Clinton was more favorable to Republicans than he was to Democrats.   


In 1958, around 75% of American voters indicated that they had confidence in the U.S. government — to do the right thing.  That percentage increased somewhat until midway through Kennedy’s first term, before his assassination, and then it began to drop.  The floor dropped as Lyndon Johnson stepped into the White House after Kennedy’s murder. 

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Johnson’s presidency was in a freefall almost from the start.  It was the Vietnam War, of course, but also perhaps his so-called War on Poverty — which was equally effective as his War in Vietnam. 


Only 29% of registered Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents say they trust the government.  Much worse, only 9% of Republicans or Republican-leaning independents trust the government.  This means 71% of Democrats and 91% of Republicans have no confidence in our government.  As for President Biden, his highest confidence level among Democrats and Democrat-leaning Independents is 36% — tied with Trump and his Republican support at the end of 2019. 


Despite such low confidence percentages, Pew Research tells us that Republicans have more confidence in their party (and ideology) than Democrats.  We suppose this is because Democratic leadership has taken their party too far left for most registered Democrats.  But another interesting revelation is this: 37% of Asians trust their government “most of the time,” compared to 29% of Hispanics, 24% of blacks, and 16% of whites. 


We must wonder about the cause of such low confidence levels.  I suspect multiple reasons, such as concerns by all Americans about election integrity, the anti-Constitutional behavior of elected members of Congress, illegal campaign contributions, partisan government, and corrupt practices in law enforcement agencies.  Recently, the Department of Justice spent $40 million in a “fake investigation” that ran for three years while attempting to discredit a sitting president.  Things like this tend to irritate American voters of both parties.  No doubt everyone recalls when the IRS targeted “conservative” taxpayers for audit.  This was under the Obama administration, as you’ll recall.


An ancient philosopher once observed that a nation could survive defeat in war and social unrest at home — but a country cannot survive a significant loss of confidence in its national leadership.  Yet, if this is true, given what we know about the loss of faith of the American people in their government since 1958, how did any of these presidents since 1964 find their way into the oval office? 


God help us!


Mustang has blogs called  Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar


19 Responses to “Losing Trust and Confidence in the U.S. Government”

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  2. Baysider Says:

    “War on Poverty — which was equally effective as his War in Vietnam.” At least the war in Vietnam ended. While there are legacy scars, nothing like the continuing festering wounds of the war on poverty.

    Agree. Confidence WAY down here. Trust? When you’re turning the FBI into an arm of authoritarian wannabes (and ‘ares’ in many cases)?

    More reason to lose trust: The NY governor got shot down over her lawless detention camps this summer. But she and her legal gorilla are doubling down to fight back. https://tessa.substack.com/p/isolation-camps-new-york

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  3. geeez2014 Says:

    “Pew Research tells us that Republicans have more confidence in their party (and ideology) than Democrats.”

    That surprised me BIG TIME…..I believe the only way this could be true is if some Democrats aren’t AS far left leaning as so many are and even those mistrusting Dems actually see what a nightmare their Left is. Perhaps this is why a few Democrat politicians are going RIGHT these days?

    If you read MY blog these days, I’d say fewer and fewer Republicans have confidence in that party anymore. I do…I like the younger ones , and even some of the oldies………but we need to focus on the young ones; they’re our future.
    If we have one.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      I would put it down to a “theory” of what the GOP was suppose to represent. Still in practice I would take one over any Marxist any day and the Dems will sync their votes together no matter what they believe.

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  4. kidme37 Says:

    The only bright spot is the leftist kids will get what they deserve.

    Liked by 4 people

  5. markone1blog Says:

    You mention this just as the “gubment” will likely be seeking to raise the debt ceiling again. And (naturally) the Democrats are trying to push through a spending bill despite the fact that they just lost the chamber where spending bills are Constitutionally supposed to originate.

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  6. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    “Losing” confidence? Lost. I only hope for a constitutional replacement.
    SCOTUS on the legislature vote clause might help.
    By Ballot or otherwise.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Silverfiddle Says:

    Losing wars we had no business being in in the first place.

    FBI going after “leftists” like college students, and also “radicals” like MLK, and now going after ‘domestic terrorists’ like parents who raise their voices at school board meetings.

    A government that blows trillion$ every year, and for what? Private enterprise has brought material improvement, not government.

    I don’t know. I don’t see anyone taking on the blob and making it work for We The People…

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