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MAJOR INSTITUTIONS in general
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Major Institutions

Gallup Poll. Nov. 28-Dec. 1, 2011. N=1,012 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

.

"In your opinion, which of the following will be the biggest threat to the country in the future: big business, big labor, or big government?"

.

Big
business

Big labor

Big
government

Unsure

%

%

%

%

11/28 - 12/1/11

26 8 64 2

3/27-29/09

32 10 55 3

12/4-7/08

31 11 53 6

12/11-14/06

25 9 61 5

12/5-7/05

27 8 61 4

12/5-8/04

27 11 57 5

11/10-12/03

29 9 57 5

7/5-8/02

38 10 47 5

10/25-28/00

22 7 65 6

8/24-26/99

24 8 65 3

 

Gallup Poll. March 25-27, 2011. N=1,027 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

.

"As I read off each of the following, please tell me whether you think it has too much power, about the right amount of power, or not enough power. How about [see below]?"

.

Too much

About right

Not enough

Unsure

% % % %

.

"Lobbyists"

3/25-27/11

71 13 8 8

.

"Major corporations"

3/25-27/11

67 21 9 3

.

"Banks and financial institutions"

3/25-27/11

67 23 8 2

.

"The federal government in Washington"

3/25-27/11

58 30 9 3

.

"Labor unions"

3/25-27/11

43 28 24 4

.

"The government in your state"

3/25-27/11

34 49 15 2

.

"The courts, legal system and judges"

3/25-27/11

34 49 14 3

.

"Organized religion and churches"

3/25-27/11

25 46 24 4

.

"The municipal or local government where you live"

3/25-27/11

22 53 21 3

.

"The military"

3/25-27/11

14 53 28 4

 

Gallup Poll. July 8-11, 2010. N=1,020 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

.

 

"I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one: a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little. . . ."

.

 
A great
deal
Quite a lot Some Very little None (vol.) Unsure
% % % % % %

The military

7/8-11/10 44 32 18 4 1 1
6/14-17/09 45 37 12 5 - 1
6/9-12/08 45 26 20 7 1 1
6/11-14/07 39 30 21 8 1 -
6/1-4/06 41 32 19 5 1 1

.

 

Small business

7/8-11/10 30 36 26 6 - 1
6/14-17/09 30 37 26 7 - 1
6/9-12/08 28 32 31 7 - 2
6/11-14/07 24 35 32 7 - 2

.

 
The police
7/8-11/10 26 33 27 12 1 1
6/14-17/09 28 31 29 10 1 -
6/9-12/08 28 30 30 10 1 1
6/11-14/07 23 31 33 12 1 1
6/1-4/06 25 33 29 10 2 1

.

 

The church or organized religion

7/8-11/10 25 23 30 18 2 2
6/14-17/09 29 23 29 14 3 2
6/9-12/08 26 22 31 15 2 3
6/11-14/07 24 22 30 21 2 2
6/1-4/06 28 24 26 19 2 1

.

 
The medical system
7/8-11/10 16 24 38 20 1 1
6/14-17/09 15 21 41 21 2 1
6/9-12/08 16 19 38 24 2 1
6/11-14/07 13 18 38 28 2 1
6/1-4/06 14 24 36 22 2 1

.

 
The presidency
7/8-11/10 16 20 26 31 6 1
6/14-17/09 26 25 24 19 4 1
6/9-12/08 13 13 25 41 7 2
6/11-14/07 12 13 28 39 7 1
6/1-4/06 15 18 25 36 4 1

.

 
The U.S. Supreme Court
7/8-11/10 15 21 43 16 2 3
6/14-17/09 15 24 41 17 1 3
6/9-12/08 13 19 44 17 1 5
6/11-14/07 14 20 41 21 2 2
6/1-4/06 14 26 41 15 1 3

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The public schools
7/8-11/10 14 20 39 23 1 2
6/14-17/09 15 23 39 20 2 1
6/9-12/08 16 17 42 22 1 2
6/11-14/07 14 19 41 25 1 1
6/1-4/06 15 22 36 23 2 2

.

 
The criminal justice system
7/8-11/10 9 18 44 24 3 1
6/14-17/09 11 17 44 25 2 1
6/9-12/08 8 12 44 32 2 2
6/11-14/07 7 12 44 33 2 1
6/1-4/06 9 16 43 28 3 1

.

 
Newspapers
7/8-11/10 9 16 41 29 4 2
6/14-17/09 10 15 43 27 4 1
6/9-12/08 10 14 45 26 2 2
6/11-14/07 8 14 48 26 2 1
6/1-4/06 12 18 40 25 2 2

.

 
Banks
7/8-11/10 9 14 45 28 2 1
6/14-17/09 8 14 49 26 3 1
6/9-12/08 11 21 45 21 1 1
6/11-14/07 15 26 44 13 1 1
6/1-4/06 18 31 39 10 - 1

.

 
Television news
7/8-11/10 11 11 41 32 4 1
6/14-17/09 10 13 41 31 4 1
6/9-12/08 11 13 43 28 3 2
6/11-14/07 10 13 40 33 3 1
6/1-4/06 12 19 40 25 3 1

.

 
Organized labor
7/8-11/10 10 10 41 33 3 4
6/14-17/09 8 11 40 34 5 3
6/9-12/08 10 10 44 28 2 6
6/11-14/07 8 11 45 29 3 3
6/1-4/06 9 15 43 26 2 6

.

 
Health maintenance organizations, HMOs
7/8-11/10 8 11 43 28 4 5
6/14-17/09 8 10 44 31 4 3
6/9-12/08 6 7 41 38 3 5
6/11-14/07 7 8 39 38 4 4
6/1-4/06 6 9 40 33 5 6

.

 
Big business
7/8-11/10 7 12 42 35 3 1
6/14-17/09 6 10 42 36 5 1
6/9-12/08 7 13 43 32 3 2
6/11-14/07 7 11 39 38 3 2
6/1-4/06 6 12 40 36 4 2

.

 
Congress
7/8-11/10 4 7 37 45 5 2
6/14-17/09 6 11 45 34 4 1
6/9-12/08 6 6 45 38 3 2
6/11-14/07 4 10 46 36 3 1
6/1-4/06 5 14 44 32 3 2

 

The Harris Poll. Feb. 16-21, 2010. N=1,010 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"As far as people in charge of running [see below] are concerned, would you say you have a great deal of confidence, only some confidence, or hardly any confidence at all in them?"

.

Great Deal of Confidence

.

2/10 2/09 2/08 2/07  
% % % %  
The military 59 58 51 46  
Small business 50 48 47 54  
Major educational institutions, such as colleges and universities 35 40 32 37  
Medicine 34 34 28 37  
The U.S. Supreme Court 31 30 25 27  
The White House 27 36 15 22  
Organized religion 26 28 25 27  
The courts and the justice system 24 19 16 21  
Public schools 22 25 20 22  
Television news 17 22 16 20  
Major companies 15 11 14 16  
Organized labor 14 16 11 15  
The press 13 12 10 12  
Law firms 13 11 10 13  
Congress 8 9 8 10  
Wall Street 8 4 11 17  

.

Great Deal of Confidence

.

2/06 2/05 2/04 12/02 1/02
% % % % %
The military 47 47 62 62 71
Small business 45 47 n/a n/a n/a
Major educational institutions, such as colleges and universities 38 39 37 31 33
The U.S. Supreme Court 33 29 29 34 41
Medicine 31 29 32 31 29
Organized religion 30 27 27 19 23
The White House 25 31 31 40 50
Public schools 22 26 n/a n/a n/a
The courts and the justice system 21 22 n/a n/a n/a
Television news 19 16 17 21 24
Wall Street 15 15 17 12 19
The press 14 12 15 15 16
Major companies 13 17 12 13 16
Organized labor 12 17 15 14 11
Congress 10 16 13 20 22
Law firms 10 11 10 12 13

 

Gallup Poll. Jan. 26-27, 2010. N=972 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

.

"Just off the top of your head, would you say you have a positive or negative image of each of the following? How about . . . ?"

.

Positive

Negative

Unsure

 

%

%

%

 

Small business

95 4 1  

Free enterprise

86 10 4

Entrepreneurs

84 10 6

Capitalism

61 33 7

Big business

49 49 2
The federal government 46 51 3
Socialism 36 58 6

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. May 20-21, 2003. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"I'm going to read you a list of people and institutions. Please tell me how much confidence you have in each. How much confidence do you have in [see below]: a great deal, some, not much, or none at all?"

.

A great
deal
Some Not much None at all Unsure
% % % % %
The military 77 19 2 1 1
The President 49 27 13 10 1
The public school system 18 45 22 11 4
The Catholic Church 17 25 18 21 19
The Internal Revenue Service 12 50 19 13 6
The Congress 11 60 19 6 4
The news media 9 43 31 15 2
Major business corporations 6 43 29 17 5

 

Bloomberg News Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. June 11-16, 2002. N=1,201 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"As far as people in charge of running [see below] are concerned, would you say you have a great deal of confidence, only some confidence, or hardly any confidence at all in them?"

.

  Great deal Only some Hardly any Unsure
      % % % %
The White House 29 51 16 4
Major companies 13 55 27 5
Congress 12 64 19 5
Organized labor 11 53 28 9
Wall Street 11 52 26 10

 


Government

CBS News Poll. July 29-Aug. 4, 2014. N=1,344 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"If you had to choose, would you rather have a smaller government providing fewer services, or a bigger government providing more services?"

.

Smaller/
Fewer

Bigger/
More

Depends
(vol.)

Unsure/
No answer

% % % %
7/29 - 8/4/14 56 35 3 6

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Oct. 18-20, 2013. N=841 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

.

"On the whole, would you say you are satisfied or dissatisfied with the way the nation is being governed?"

.

Satisfied

Dissatisfied

Unsure

 

%

%

%

 

10/18-20/13

14 83 2

 

3/15-17/13

25 74 1

 

.

"Some people think the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses. Others think that government should do more to solve our country's problems. Which comes closer to your own view?"

.

Trying to do
too much

Should do
more

Depends/
Mixed (vol.)

Unsure

%

%

%

%

10/18-20/13

60 35 4 -

6/3-7/11

63 33 3 1

7/16-21/10

61 35 3 1

12/19-21/08

52 45 2 -

10/20-22/06

54 37 - 9

.

"How much confidence do you have in our system of government: a great deal of confidence, some, only a little, or none at all?"

.

A great deal

Some

Only a little

None at all

%

%

%

%

10/18-20/13

17 33 27 23

5/17-18/13

17 39 26 17

.

"How much confidence do you have in the people who run our government: a great deal of confidence, some, only a little, or none at all?"

.

A great deal

Some

Only a little

None at all

%

%

%

%

10/18-20/13

4 29 39 28

5/17-18/13

8 35 34 22

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Oct. 7-9, 2013. N=800 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

.

"I'm going to read you two statements about the role of government, and I'd like to know which one comes closer to your point of view. Statement A: Government should do more to solve problems and help meet the needs of people. OR, Statement B: Government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals." Options rotated

.

Should
do more

Doing too
many things

Some of
both (vol.)

Unsure

% % % %

10/7-9/13

52 44 2 2

5/30 - 6/2/13

48 48 2 2

6/20-24/12

49 47 2 2

6/9-13/11

51 46 2 1

2/24-28/11

51 46 2 1

3/2-5/07

52 40 6 2

1/02

45 43 9 3

12/97

41 51 5 3

 

Gallup Poll. Oct. 3-6, 2013. N=1,028 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

.

"On the whole, would you say you are satisfied or dissatisfied with the way the nation is being governed?"

.

Satisfied

Dissatisfied

Unsure

 

%

%

%

 

10/3-6/13

18 81 2

 

9/5-8/13

32 67 1

 

9/6-9/12

34 64 1

 

9/8-11/11

19 81 1

 

9/14-16/07

31 67 2

 

9/7-10/06

41 57 2

 

9/12-15/05

44 55 1

 

9/13-15/04

49 49 2

 

9/8-10/03

56 43 1

 

9/5-8/02

59 39 2

 

9/7-10/01

57 39 4

 


 

Gallup Poll. Sept. 5-8, 2013. N=1,510 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"Some people think the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses. Others think that government should do more to solve our country's problems. Which comes closer to your own view?"

.

Trying to do
too much

Should do
more

Depends/
Mixed (vol.)

Unsure

 

% % % %  
9/5-8/13 53 40 4 3  
9/24-27/12 57 34 6 3  
9/8-11/11 56 39 2 2  
6/11-13/10 53 39 7 1  
8/31 - 9/2/09 57 38 4 1  

3/27-29/09

50 42 6 2  

3/5-8/09

47 42 8 3  

9/8-11/08

53 41 4 2  

6/15-18/08

50 43 5 2  

9/5-8/02

50 43 5 2  

 

Pew Research Center/USA Today. Sept. 4-8, 2013. N=1,506 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

.

"If you had to choose, would you rather have a smaller government providing fewer services, or a bigger government providing more services?"

.

Smaller/
Fewer

Bigger/
More

Depends
(vol.)

Unsure/
Refused

% % % %
9/4-8/13 51 40 2 7
9/12-16/12 51 40 4 6
1/4-8/12 52 39 2 7

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Aug. 22-25, 2012. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

.

"Generally speaking, would you say you favor smaller government with fewer services, or larger government with more services?" Options rotated

.

Smaller

Larger

Unsure

% % %
8/22-25/12 56 38 7
1/12-15/10 58 38 4
6/18-21/09 54 41 4
1/13-16/09 53 43 4
6/08 50 45 5
11/07 50 44 5
6/04 50 46 4
7/02 53 42 6
1/02 54 41 5

 

Gallup Poll. Jan. 7-9, 2011. N=1,018 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

.

"I'm going to read some aspects of life in America today. For each one, please say whether you are very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. How about our system of government and how well it works?"

.

Very
satisfied

Somewhat
satisfied

Somewhat
dissatisfied

Very
dissatisfied

Unsure

% % % % %
1/7-9/11 8 34 29 27 2
1/10-14/01 16 52 21 9 2

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Feb. 12-15, 2010. N=1,023 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"Which of the following statements comes closest to your view? Our system of government is broken and cannot be fixed. Our system of government is broken but can be fixed. Our system of government is not broken."

.

Broken, cannot
be fixed

Broken, but
can be fixed

Not broken

Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/12-15/10

5 81 14 1

10/13-15/06

7 71 22 -

.

"Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way democracy is working in this country?"

.

Satisfied

Dissatisfied

Unsure

%

%

%

2/12-15/10

40 59 1

 

Gallup Poll. Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2009. N=1,026 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

.

"How much trust and confidence do you have in general in men and women in political life in this country who either hold or are running for public office: a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?"

.

Great deal

Fair amount

Not very much

None at all

Unsure

% % % % %
8/31 - 9/2/09 5 44 42 8 1
9/8-11/08 8 58 29 3 2
9/14-16/07 5 50 37 6 1
9/12-15/05 4 54 35 5 2
9/13-15/04 6 57 32 3 2
9/8-10/03 5 54 36 4 1
9/02 6 54 33 6 1
9/01 4 51 39 6 -
7/00 7 57 31 3 2
12/98 7 56 31 4 2

.

"More generally, how much trust and confidence do you have in the American people as a whole when it comes to making judgments under our democratic system about the issues facing our country: a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?"

.

Great deal

Fair amount

Not very much

None at all

Unsure

% % % % %
8/31 - 9/2/09 20 53 23 4 -
9/8-11/08 19 53 23 3 2
9/14-16/07 17 53 27 4 -

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. March 4-5, 2009. N=1,203 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

.

"In general, government grows bigger as it provides more services. If you had to choose, would you rather have a smaller government providing less services, or a bigger government providing more services?"

.

Smaller

Bigger

Unsure

 

%

%

%

 

ALL

44 44 12

 

Republicans

67 24 9

 

Democrats

23 65 12

 

Independents

45 42 13

 


 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 10-13, 2008. N=2,010 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.

.

"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 (vol.)

Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

1/10-13/08

52 28 10 5 4

7/6-9/00

49 38 8 3 2

5/30 - 6/1/97

50 37 8 3 2

5/9-12/96

52 32 9 5 2

6/3-6/94

58 29 6 5 2

4/20-22/92

61 25 7 4 3

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. July 11-15, 2004. N=955 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"Would you say the government is pretty much run by a few big interests looking out for themselves or that it is run for the benefit of all the people?"

.

A few big
interests

All the
people

Unsure

% % %
7/04 64 28 8

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Oct. 9-10, 2003. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"Generally speaking, how often do you think you can trust the government to do what's right? Can you trust the government most of the time, only some of the time, hardly ever, or never?"

.

Most of
the time
Some of
the time
Hardly ever Never Unsure
% % % % %
10/03 27 52 13 6 2

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. May 10-13, 2000. N=947 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

ALL Republicans Democrats Independents
% % % %
"Do you think the government can have a positive impact on your own life, or not?"
Can 83 88 84 76
Cannot 15 11 13 20
Don't know 2 1 3 4

.

"These days, what kind of impact do you think the government has on most people's lives -- a positive impact, a negative impact, or doesn't the government have much impact on most people's lives?"
Positive 37 34 44 34
Negative 29 34 19 36
Not much 24 22 26 23
Don't know 10 10 11 7

.

"How much say do you think people like yourself have about what the government does -- a good deal, some, or not much?"
Good deal 10 10 8 11
Some 25 28 31 18
Not much 64 61 61 69
Don't know 1 1 0 2

 

Council for Excellence in Government poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). May 21-28, June 1, 1999. N=1,214 adults nationwide.

.

"Overall, how would you describe the effect that government has had on the lives of you and your family: very positive, somewhat positive, somewhat negative, or very negative, or has it had no effect either way?"

.

%
Very positive 7
Somewhat positive 44
Somewhat negative 18
Very negative 8
No effect either way 20
Not sure 3

.

"When you think and talk about government, do you tend to think of it more as THE government or more as OUR government?"

.

%
THE government 55
OUR government 42
Not sure 3

.

"One goal that Americans have traditionally considered important is to have a government that is 'of, by, and for the people' -- meaning that it involves the people and represents them. In your opinion, do we have a government today that is 'of, by, and for the people?'"

.

%
Yes 39
No 54
Not sure 7

.

"Some people say that we get the government we deserve, because so many people do not make the effort to vote or get involved. Other people say that we deserve better government than we get from our leaders. Which do you agree with more: we get the government we deserve, or we deserve to get better government?"

.

%
We get what we deserve 38
We deserve better 49
Some of both (vol.) 11
Neither (vol.) 1
Not sure 1

.

Asked of half the sample:
"Among the following, which one or two would you say are most responsible for what is wrong with government today? . . ."

.

%
Special interest groups 38
The media 29
Elected officials 24
Political parties 24
The public 14
Government employees 6
None/Other/All (vol.) 8
Not sure 2

.

Asked of half the sample:
"Which do you think is the bigger problem today: elected officials who worry too much about doing what is popular instead of providing leadership, or elected officials who pursue their own personal agendas rather than the public's priorities?"

.

%
Elected officials who pursue own agendas 55
Officials who worry about doing what is popular 28
Some of both (vol.) 14
Neither (vol.) 1
Not sure 2

.

"Now I have some questions about your own involvement with government. Some people feel close and connected to government, while others feel more distant and disconnected from government. How would you describe your own relationship to [see below]: very connected, fairly connected, fairly disconnected, or very disconnected?"

.

Federal
Government
State
Government
Local
Government
% % %
Very connected 6 8 14
Fairly connected 27 33 37
Fairly disconnected 34 33 27
Very disconnected 29 22 19
Not sure 4 4 3

 


Government: Federal

Pew Research Center. Oct. 9-13, 2013. N=1,504 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

.

"Some people say they are basically content with the federal government, others say they are frustrated, and others say they are angry. Which of these best describes how you feel?"

.

Basically
content

Frustrated

Angry

Unsure/
Refused

%

%

%

%

10/9-13/13

12 55 30 3

.

"How much of the time do you think you can trust the 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.)

Unsure/
Refused

%

%

%

%

%

10/9-13/13

3 16 68 12 1

.

"Now I'd like your views on some people. Would you say your overall opinion of federal government workers is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly UNfavorable, or very unfavorable?"

.

Favorable

Unfavorable

Never heard
of (vol.)

Can't rate
(vol.)/Refused

%

%

%

%

10/9-13/13

62 29 1 7

 

CNN/ORC Poll. June 11-13, 2013. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"Do you think the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens, or not?"

.

Poses an
immediate
threat

Does not pose
an immediate
threat

Unsure

.

.

% % %

.

.

6/11-13/13 62 37 1

.

.

2/12-15/10 56 44 -

.

.


 

Gallup Poll. May 20-21, 2013. N=523 adults nationwide. Margin of error 6.

.

"Do you think the federal government today has too much power, has about the right amount of power, or has too little power?" Options rotated

.

Too much

About right

Too little

Unsure

.

% % % %

.

5/20-21/13 54 36 8 1

.

9/6-9/12 51 40 8 1

.

9/8-11/11 57 35 8 1

.

9/13-16/10 59 33 8 1

.

8/31 - 9/2/09 51 39 8 2

.

3/5-8/09

50 42 7 2

.

9/8-11/08

52 40 6 2

.

9/5-8/02

39 52 7 2

.

.

"Do you think the federal government poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens, or not?"

.

Poses an
immediate
threat

Does not pose
an immediate
threat

Unsure

.

.

% % %

.

.

5/20-21/13 46 53 2

.

.

9/8-11/11 49 50 2

.

.

9/13-16/10 46 51 3

.

.


 

Pew Research Center. March 13-17, 2013. N=1,501 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

.

"Would you say your overall opinion of the federal government in Washington is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly UNfavorable, or very unfavorable?"

.

Favorable

Unfavorable

Never heard
of (vol.)

Unsure

%

%

%

%

3/13-17/13

28 65 2 5

4/4-15/12

33 62 - 5

7/22-26/09

42 50 - 8

4/08

37 58 1 4

1/07

45 46 1 8

2/06

43 50 - 7

12/05

46 49 - 5

10/05

45 48 - 7

2/04

59 36 - 5

4/03

73 22 0 5

12/02

64 27 - 9

11/01

82 15 0 3

10/97

38 59 0 3

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Sept. 23-25, 2011. N=1,010 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"How much of the time do you think you can trust the 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.)

%

%

%

%

9/23-25/11

2 13 77 8

9/1-2/10

2 23 66 8

2/12-15/10

2 24 69 5

12/16-20/09

2 18 72 8

12/19-21/08

3 22 66 9

 

Gallup Poll. Jan. 7-9, 2011. N=1,018 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

.

"I'm going to read some aspects of life in America today. For each one, please say whether you are very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. How about the size and power of the federal government?"

.

Very
satisfied

Somewhat
satisfied

Somewhat
dissatisfied

Very
dissatisfied

Unsure

% % % % %
1/7-9/11 5 26 29 38 2
1/10-14/01 8 42 29 18 3

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. June 23-24, 2010. N=964 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.8.

.

"Some people say they are basically content with the federal government, others say they are frustrated, and others say they are angry. Which of these best describes how you feel?"

.

Basically
content

Frustrated

Angry

Unsure

%

%

%

%

6/23-24/10

21 52 24 3

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 3-6, 2010. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

.

"I am going to mention four phrases and ask you which one best describes how you feel about the way the federal government works. Do you feel enthusiastic, satisfied but not enthusiastic, dissatisfied but not angry, or angry?"

.

Enthusiastic

Satisfied

Dissatisfied

Angry

Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

6/3-6/10

2 28 45 25 1

4/22-25/10

4 26 51 18 1

2/4-8/10

3 29 48 19 -

10/03

2 41 42 15 -

10/02

4 47 42 7 1

2/02

7 49 36 7 1

12/00

4 55 34 6 1

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Feb. 12-15, 2010. N=1,023 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"Which of the following words or phrases do you think describe officials in Washington and which do not describe them? . . ."

.

Describes

Does not
describe

Unsure

%

%

%

.

"Heavily influenced by special interests"

2/12-15/10

87 13 1

.

"Mainly concerned about getting reelected"

2/12-15/10

86 13 -

.

"Out of touch with the average person"

2/12-15/10

81 19 1

.

"Honest"

2/12-15/10

22 75 3

.

"Do you think you personally could do a better job running the country than our government officials are presently doing?"

.

Yes

No

%

%

2/12-15/10

36 64

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Feb. 2-3, 2010. N=900 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"Overall, do you feel like the federal government is trying to do too much these days, too little, or about the right amount?"

.

Too much

Too little

About right

Unsure

%

%

%

%

2/2-3/10

57 17 21 4

 

Gallup Poll. Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2009. N=1,026 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

.

"How much trust and confidence do you have in our federal government in Washington when it comes to handling [see below]: a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?"

.

Great
deal

Fair
amount

Not very
much

None
at all

Unsure

% % % % %

"International problems"

.

8/31 - 9/2/09 13 49 28 9 1
9/8-11/08 13 43 31 12 1
9/14-16/07 8 43 34 13 1
2/1-4/07 7 46 36 10 1
9/7-10/06 13 39 33 14 1
2/6-9/06 10 49 31 8 2
9/12-15/05 14 42 33 11 -
2/7-10/05 14 48 31 7 -
9/13-15/04 18 45 28 8 1

.

"Domestic problems"

.

8/31 - 9/2/09 9 42 34 14 1
9/8-11/08 6 42 37 14 1
9/14-16/07 6 41 38 14 1
2/1-4/07 8 44 38 10 1
9/7-10/06 8 44 34 13 1
2/6-9/06 8 45 36 10 1
9/12-15/05 10 43 35 11 1
2/7-10/05 9 47 35 8 1
9/13-15/04 13 48 31 7 1

.

"As you know, our federal government is made up of three branches: an executive branch, headed by the president; a judicial branch, headed by the U.S. Supreme Court; and a legislative branch, made up of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. (First,) let me ask you how much trust and confidence you have at this time in [see below]: a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?"

.

Great
deal

Fair
amount

Not very
much

None
at all

Unsure

% % % % %

.

"The executive branch, headed by the president"

.

8/31 - 9/2/09 26 35 22 16 1
9/8-11/08 12 30 30 28 1
9/14-16/07 15 28 32 24 1
9/7-10/06 15 31 28 24 1
9/12-15/05 19 33 30 18 -
9/13-15/04 31 27 25 16 1
9/03 25 35 26 14 -
9/02 28 44 20 7 1
9/01 21 42 28 8 1
7/00 18 47 23 11 1
2/99 21 43 24 11 1
12/98 24 39 23 12 2
6/97 13 49 27 9 2
6/76 13 45 30 9 4
4/74 12 28 36 20 3
5/72 24 49 20 4 2

.

"The judicial branch, headed by the U.S. Supreme Court"

.

8/31 - 9/2/09 18 58 18 4 2
9/8-11/08 14 55 23 6 3
9/14-16/07 15 54 23 6 1
9/7-10/06 15 54 21 7 3
9/12-15/05 13 55 25 6 1
9/13-15/04 14 51 27 6 2
9/03 13 54 27 5 1
9/02 17 58 18 5 2
9/01 17 57 20 4 2
7/00 23 52 18 6 1
2/99 29 51 13 5 2
12/98 27 51 16 4 2
6/97 19 52 22 5 2
6/76 16 47 26 6 4
4/74 17 54 20 5 5
5/72 17 49 24 7 4

.

"The legislative branch, consisting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives"

.

8/31 - 9/2/09 6 39 38 17 -
9/8-11/08 4 43 38 12 2
9/14-16/07 5 45 36 12 1
9/7-10/06 6 50 31 10 2
9/12-15/05 8 54 31 6 1
9/13-15/04 7 53 33 6 1
9/03 8 55 31 5 1
9/02 9 58 26 6 1
9/01 7 58 28 6 1
7/00 11 57 24 7 1
2/99 8 49 34 7 2
12/98 13 48 30 7 2
6/97 6 48 36 8 2
6/76 9 52 31 6 4
4/74 13 55 24 4 4
5/72 13 58 22 3 3

 

CBS News Poll. Aug. 27-31, 2009. N=1,097 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"How much of the time do you think you can trust the 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
o
f the time

Never (vol.)

Unsure

% % % % %
8/27-31/09 2 21 68 7 2
6/12-16/09 3 17 73 6 1
10/10-13/08 1 16 74 9 1
7/9-17/07 2 22 71 5 0
10/5-8/06 2 26 66 4 1
9/15-19/06 1 26 65 6 2
1/20-25/06 5 27 63 4 1
12/2-6/05 2 30 65 2 1
9/9-13/05 3 26 63 6 2
7/11-15/04 4 36 56 3 1
7/13-27/03 4 32 60 3 1
9/2-5/02 5 33 57 4 2
10/25-28/01 10 45 42 2 2

 

Gallup Poll. July 10-12, 2009. N=1,018 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"How would you rate the job being done by [see below]? Would you say it is doing an excellent, good, only fair, or poor job?"

.

Excellent

Good

Only fair

Poor

Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

.

"NASA, the U.S. space agency"

7/10-12/09

13 45 26 7 10

9/8-10/03

12 38 36 10 4

.

"The Department of Homeland Security"

7/10-12/09

8 38 31 18 4

9/8-10/03

10 38 33 15 4

.

"The Federal Reserve Board"

7/10-12/09

4 26 35 22 13

9/8-10/03

10 43 33 5 9

.

"The Federal Bureau of Investigation, or the FBI"

7/10-12/09

10 48 27 7 8

9/8-10/03

10 43 31 12 4

.

"The Central Intelligence Agency, or the CIA"

7/10-12/09

10 37 29 13 12

9/8-10/03

9 36 35 13 7

.

"The Internal Revenue Service, or the IRS"

7/10-12/09

5 35 36 20 5

9/8-10/03

6 38 38 15 3

.

"The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA"

7/10-12/09

5 37 33 21 4

9/8-10/03

6 33 38 20 3

.

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the CDC"

7/10-12/09

11 50 24 10 5

9/8-10/03

18 48 25 6 3

.

"The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA"

7/10-12/09

5 33 37 22 3

 

Associated Press poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Dec. 17-19, 2007. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

.

 

"I'd like your opinion on some organizations and institutions. For each of the following, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the organization or institution. Let's start with [see below]." If "favorable" or "unfavorable": "Is that very favorable/unfavorable or somewhat favorable/unfavorable?" If unsure: "Do you mean you've never heard of [see below] or you just can't rate it?"

.

 
Very
favorable
Somewhat
favorable
Somewhat
unfavorable
Very
unfavorable
Never
heard of
Can't rate
% % % % % %

.

 

The Postal Service

12/17-19/07 58 31 5 5 - 1

.

 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI

12/17-19/07 31 46 10 7 1 5

.

 
The U.S. Supreme Court
12/17-19/07 27 43 15 9 1 5

.

 

The Defense Department

12/17-19/07 31 34 14 15 2 4

.

 
The Social Security Administration
12/17-19/07 24 40 19 13 - 4

.

 
The Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA
12/17-19/07 23 40 16 15 1 5

.

 
The Food and Drug Administration, the FDA
12/17-19/07 21 41 19 13 3 3

.

 
The Department of Homeland Security
12/17-19/07 24 36 17 17 1 5

.

 
The Department of Education
12/17-19/07 22 37 19 19 - 3

.

 
The Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA
12/17-19/07 22 36 16 14 2 10

.

 
The Transportation Security Administration, the TSA
12/17-19/07 15 41 16 9 9 9

.

 
The Internal Revenue Service, the IRS
12/17-19/07 14 42 21 18 1 4

.

 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA
12/17-19/07 16 33 21 20 5 5

.

 
The U.S. Congress
12/17-19/07 11 35 24 26 0 4

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Jan. 6-8, 2006. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"How much of the time do you think you can trust the 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
o
f the time
Never
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %

1/6-8/06

4 28 64 3 1

6/16-19/05

4 26 65 5 -
10/03 4 33 58 4 1
9/02 8 38 52 2 -
6/02 6 39 51 3 1
10/01 13 47 38 1 1
7/00 4 38 56 2 -
2/99 5 29 64 2 -
2/98 6 33 59 2 -
6/97 3 29 65 2 1

 

Gallup Poll. Sept. 12-15, 2005. N=921 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

.

 

"Next, we are going to name some major areas the federal government handles. For each one, please say whether you are satisfied or dissatisfied with the work the government is doing. How about [see below]?"

.

 
  Satisfied Dissat-
isfied
Unsure    
  % % %    
National parks and open space          

  9/12-15/05

71 27 2    

  9/7-10/01

64 31 5    

.

.

 
The nation's military and national defense          

  9/12-15/05

59 40 1    

  9/7-10/01

65 31 4    

.

.

 

Agriculture and farming

         

  9/12-15/05

56 38 6    

  9/7-10/01

49 43 8    

.

.

 

Transportation

         

  9/12-15/05

56 42 2    

  9/7-10/01

65 29 6    

.

.

 

Homeland security

         

  9/12-15/05

50 49 1    

.

.

 

Environmental issues

         

  9/12-15/05

48 51 1    

  9/7-10/01

46 50 4    

.

.

 

Public housing and urban development

         

  9/12-15/05

47 49 4    

  9/7-10/01

49 43 8    

.

.

 

Criminal justice

         

  9/12-15/05

47 52 1    

  9/7-10/01

40 57 3    

.

.

 

Labor and employment issues

         

  9/12-15/05

44 54 2    

  9/7-10/01

42 54 4    

.

.

 

Foreign affairs

         

  9/12-15/05

41 58 1    

  9/7-10/01

57 38 5    

.

.

 

Education

         

  9/12-15/05

41 59 -    

  9/7-10/01

38 60 2    

.

.

 

Job creation and economic growth

         

  9/12-15/05

39 60 1    

  9/7-10/01

39 58 3    

.

.

 

Responding to natural disasters

         

  9/12-15/05

33 66 1    

.

.

 

Energy policy

         

  9/12-15/05

27 71 2    

  9/7-10/01

38 57 5    

.

.

 

Health care

         

  9/12-15/05

24 75 1    

  9/7-10/01

27 71 2    

.

.

 

Poverty

         

  9/12-15/05

24 75 1    

  9/7-10/01

26 71 3    

.

.

 

The nation's finances

         

  9/12-15/05

23 76 1    

  9/7-10/01

34 62 4    

 


Government: State

Pew Research Center. March 13-17, 2013. N=1,501 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

.

"Would you say your overall opinion of your state government is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly UNfavorable, or very unfavorable?"

.

Favorable

Unfavorable

Never heard
of (vol.)

Unsure

%

%

%

%

3/13-17/13

57 38 - 5

4/4-15/12

52 42 - 6

7/22-26/09

50 44 - 6

4/08

59 37 0 4

12/05

57 37 - 6

12/02

62 31 1 7

11/01

77 18 - 5

10/97

66 29 - 5

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Feb. 12-15, 2010. N=1,023 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"How much of the time do you think you can trust your state's government 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.)

%

%

%

%

2/12-15/10

3 30 62 5

 

Gallup Poll. Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2009. N=1,026 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

.

"How much trust and confidence do you have in the government of the state where you live when it comes to handling state problems: a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?"

.

Great deal

Fair amount

Not very
much

None at all

Unsure

% % % % %
8/31 - 9/2/09 12 39 36 13 1
9/8-11/08 18 49 22 10 2
9/14-16/07 18 49 23 9 1
9/12-15/05 17 50 26 7 -
9/13-15/04 16 51 24 8 1
9/8-10/03 12 41 34 12 1
9/7-10/01 17 48 27 7 1
12/98 29 51 15 4 1
6/97 18 50 25 6 1
6/76 13 59 19 7 2
4/74 16 59 17 3 4
5/72 15 48 27 6 3

 


Government: Local

Pew Research Center. March 13-17, 2013. N=1,501 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

.

"Would you say your overall opinion of your local government is very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly UNfavorable, or very unfavorable?"

.

Favorable

Unfavorable

Never heard
of (vol.)

Unsure

%

%

%

%

3/13-17/13

63 32 - 5

4/4-15/12

61 31 - 7

7/22-26/09

60 32 0 8

4/08

63 33 1 3

12/05

66 28 - 6

12/02

67 25 - 7

11/01

78 17 - 5

10/97

68 25 - 7

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Feb. 12-15, 2010. N=1,023 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"And how much of the time do you think you can trust the local governments in the area where you live 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.)

%

%

%

%

2/12-15/10

8 44 46 3

 

Gallup Poll. Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2009. N=1,026 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

.

"And how much trust and confidence do you have in the local governments in the area where you live when it comes to handling local problems: a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?"

.

Great deal

Fair amount

Not very
much

None at all

Unsure

% % % % %
8/31 - 9/2/09 19 50 22 8 1
9/8-11/08 23 49 17 9 2
9/14-16/07 22 47 19 10 2
9/12-15/05 23 47 23 7 -
9/13-15/04 21 47 24 7 1
9/8-10/03 18 50 23 8 1
9/7-10/01 19 50 20 10 1
12/98 23 54 16 5 2
6/97 21 48 21 7 2
6/76 13 52 23 9 3
4/74 16 55 16 8 5
5/72 12 51 26 7 4

 


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