Rasmussen Poll: Voters mixed on trusting Government

Trust... but verify. 

 

President Ronald Reagan's message regarding dealings with the then Soviet Union seems to have been adopted by most American voters in how they view their own government, according to a recent poll by the Rasmussen research organization.  Rasmussen describes it as "cautious trust."  Among the poll's findings:

 

--Just 26% of Likely U.S. Voters trust the federal government to do the right thing at least most of the time, including just four percent (4%) who almost always trust them to do the right thing.

 

--Fifty-two percent (52%) trust the government to do the right thing some of the time, while 21% rarely or never trust the feds to do the right thing. That’s down from the 30% who rarely or never trusted the government in 2016.

 

--Twenty-eight percent (28%) of Republican voters and 30% of Democrats trust the federal government to do the right thing at least most of the time. Just 18% of voters not affiliated with either major party agree.

 

--Thirty-seven percent (37%) of black voters trust the government at least most of the time, compared to just 25% of whites and 23% of other minority voters.

 

Rasmussen surveyed 1,000 likely voters nationally.  The poll was conducted April 23-24, 2017.  The poll had a margin of error of +/-3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.  The question asked was as follows:

 

"How much of the time do you trust the federal government to do the right thing?"

 

  4% Almost always
22% Most of the time
52% Some of the time
21% Rarely or never
  1% Not sure

 

Curiously, trust in government declined with educational attainment.  With just 64% of those without a high school diploma reporting any trust at all.

 

Attended high school, but did not graduate

  6% Almost always
21% Most of the time
37% Some of the time

22% Rarely or never
 14% Not sure

 

High school graduate

  7% Almost always
23% Most of the time
49% Some of the time

20% Rarely or never
  1% Not sure

 

Attended college, but did not complete

  6% Almost always
17% Most of the time
51% Some of the time

25% Rarely or never
  1% Not sure

 

College graduate

  4% Almost always
21% Most of the time
54% Some of the time

21% Rarely or never
  1% Not sure

 

Graduate school

  1% Almost always
27% Most of the time
54% Some of the time

18% Rarely or never
  0% Not sure

 

Very interesting data.  For more information, visit www.rasmussenreports.com.