The findings are based on Gallup's annual Governance survey, in which we asked Americans so many questions about their government -- at a time when this topic is affecting everything from the future of the U.S. economy to its future leader -- that we felt a special series was in order.
We've looked at all of the data, and we're bringing the big themes together in three installments this week:
Our kick-off story published Monday morning focused on the problem, highlighting:
- 81% of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed
- 82% disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job
- 69% say they have little or no confidence in the legislative branch of government
- 57% have little or no confidence in the federal government to solve domestic problems
- 43% have little or no confidence in the government to solve international problems
- 53% have little or no confidence in the men and women who seek or hold elected office
- 49% believe the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens
Next, we're turning to what Americans want from government.
Wednesday morning, we'll report on Americans' philosophic view of government, including:
- Whether government should ideally take an active versus minimalist role
- Whether the federal government has too much or too little power
- Whether there is too much or too little government regulation of business and industry
- Whether government is doing too much or too little that should be left to business
- The trade-off between taxes and services
- Whether they prefer government to be controlled by one party or divided
- Whether a third party is needed
- Which political party will do a better job of handling the problem they think is most important
- Which political party will do a better job of keeping the country prosperous
Which political party will do a better job of protecting the country
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