“People trust their peers much more than they trust their political leaders or news organizations.”
Uri Friedman, Atlantic
Public trust in the government has dropped to a historic low in the last two years, with less than 20% of the American people trusting Washington DC to do what is right even “most of the time,” according to Gallup. This lack of trust can have a real impact on the ability for governmental bodies to effect positive change in their communities: taxation for services, changes to infrastructure, and planning regulations are often met with hostility by a suspicious community.
- Trust in Government Index, Gallup, 2017
- Trust in Government Is Collapsing Around the World, Atlantic, July 2016
- 6 key takeaways about how Americans view their government, Pew Research Center, November 2015
- Behind America’s Crisis of Confidence: Government of, by, and for Special Interests, National Review, January 2016