Gallup: Under Obama, 3 In 4 Americans See Widespread Gov’t Corruption, Half View As Threat
According to a couple of Gallup polls, a majority of Americans distrust their government. While last year it was discovered that a whopping 75% see widespread government corruption, 49% view the government as an immediate threat as of 2015.
These numbers have been on a steady incline since 2008, when Barack Obama took over the presidency. By comparison, 66% perceived massive government corruption in 2009. That number jumped upwards nine points in 2010, coincidentally when Obamacare was signed into law.
The numbers for perceiving an immediate threat from the government were extremely low in 2003, during the Bush administration, at only 30%. That did rise sharply by 14% towards the end of Bush’s presidency, but the number has risen steadily throughout the current administration.
Gallup explains that perceiving the government as a threat is more the result of “antipathy toward the party controlling the White house, rather than… a fixed philosophical attitude about government.” Their data shows that Democrats and Republicans virtually flip-flop on the “government as threat” question depending on who occupies the presidency. However, under Obama, Republicans show a stronger concern of an “immediate threat.”
When those surveyed were asked what’s behind the belief that the government poses a threat, most of them mentioned these four areas in order of greatest to least: big government/too many laws, violations of freedom/civil liberties, gun control, and too involved in private lives. The issue of marriage, healthcare, and spending were much further down the list. More