Poll: Americans' Trust in Gov't Plummeted in '08

62% trust feds less than a year ago; 65% think US is on wrong track
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Jan 14, 2009 12:17 PM CST
Protesters march outside of the US Treasury building in protest of the proposed Wall Street bailouts.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – 2008 wasn’t a great year for the federal government’s reputation, with a Politico poll finding that 62% of Americans say their confidence in Washington has decreased in the past year. The main worry is the economy: 45% say that economic stimulus should be the highest priority (no other issue gets more than 16%).

Even though they’re hoping for aggressive federal action on the economy, poll respondents don’t trust Washington to do it right. Only 5% said they have a “great deal” of trust that the government will manage its finances responsibly. Pluralities of respondents also expressed concern that tax hikes on the rich and corporations won’t go far enough.