How Much of the Time Can You Trust Government in Washington to Do What Is Right?

Trend: How much trust and confidence do you have in the federal government in Washington when it comes to handling [International problems/Domestic problems]?

Trend: Trust in three branches of federal government -- executive, judicial, legislative

Trend: Trust in Government of the State Where You Live on Handling State Problems

Trend: Trust in Local Goverments in the Area Where You Live on Handling Local Problems

Trend: Trust in Mass Media

Trend: How much trust and confidence do you have in general in the men and women in political life in this country who either hold or are running for public office?

Trend: Trust in the American People on Making Judgments Under Our Democratic System About Issues Facing the Country

Trend: How much trust and confidence do you have in the agencies and departments of the federal goverment to carry out the functions of the federal government?

How much of the time do you think you can trust government in Washington to do what is right -- just about always, most of the time, or only some of the time?

Just about
always

Most of
the time

Only some
of the time

Never
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2010 Jan 8-10

2

17

75

6

*

2006 Jan 6-8

4

28

64

3

1

2005 Jun 16-19

4

26

65

5

*

2003 Oct 24-26

4

33

58

4

1

2002 Sep 2-4

8

38

52

2

*

2002 Jun 17-19

6

39

51

3

1

2001 Oct 5-6

13

47

38

1

1

2000 Jul 6-9

4

38

56

2

*

1999 Feb 4-8

5

29

64

2

*

1998 Jan 30-Feb 1

6

33

59

2

*

1997 May 30-Jun 1

3

29

65

2

1

1996 May 9-12

2

24

69

4

1

1995 Aug 4-7

2

20

71

5

2

1994 Jun 3-6

3

14

73

9

1

1994 Jan 28-30

1

19

74

5

1

1993 Mar 22-24

3

20

75

2

*

1992 Jun 4-8

2

21

71

4

2

University of Michigan National Election Study:

%

%

%

%

%

2004

4

42

53

1

*

2002

5

50

45

*

*

2000

4

40

55

1

1

1998

4

36

58

1

1

1996

3

30

66

1

0

1994

2

19

74

3

0

1992

3

26

68

2

1

1990

3

25

68

2

2

1988

4

37

56

2

1

1986

3

35

58

2

2

1984

4

40

53

1

2

1982

2

31

62

2

3

1980

2

23

69

4

2

1978

2

27

64

4

3

1976

3

30

62

1

4

1974

2

34

61

1

2

1972

5

48

44

1

2

1970

7

47

44

*

2

1968

7

54

37

*

2

1966

17

48

28

3

4

1964

14

62

22

*

2

1958

16

57

23

0

4

* Less than 0.5%

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Do you think that quite a few of the people running the government are crooked, not very many are, or do you think hardly any of them are crooked?

Quite
a few

Not very
many

Hardly
any

All are
crooked
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

2010 Jan 8-10

55

30

8

6

1

2008 Jan 10-13

52

28

10

5

4

2000 Jul 6-9

49

38

8

3

2

1997 May 30-Jun 1

50

37

8

3

2

1996 May 9-12

52

32

9

5

2

1994 Jun 3-6

58

29

6

5

2

1992 Apr 20-22

61

25

7

4

3

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements -- [ROTATED]?

I don't think public officials care much what people like me think

Agree

Disagree

No opinion

2001 Oct 5-6

41%

57

2

1992 Sep 11-15

59%

38

3

1984 Jul 27-30

53%

41

6

People like me don't have any say about what the government does

Agree

Disagree

No opinion

2001 Oct 5-6

39%

59

2

1992 Sep 11-15

42%

56

2

1984 Jul 27-30

40%

57

3

1976 Feb 27-Mar 1

45%

50

5

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