Americans' overall level of trust in government remains near historic lows, a new survey showed Wednesday.
The new Pew Research Center survey found:
- 20 percent of respondents said they trust the government to do what's right always or most of the time.
- 68 percent said they trust the government only some of the time.
- 11 percent said they never trust the government to do what's right.
For the first time since George W. Bush's presidency, Republicans are more likely than Democrats — 28 percent-15 percent — to trust the government is doing the right things always or most of the time, the survey found.
But no more than 30 percent have said they trusted the government in the past decade, starting during Bush's administration and continuing through President Barack Obama's time in office — the longest period of low trust in the government since different groups started asking the question since 1958, Pew reported.
The survey also found that:
- 55 percent say frustration best describes their feeling toward the federal government, 22 percent say they're angry and 19 percent say they're basically content.
- 21 percent of Republicans and 24 percent of Democrats are likely to express anger about the federal government.
- 41 percent said they were optimistic about the future of the United States, 30 percent said they had some confidence in the country's future, and 28 percent said they had no confidence at all.
The entire survey's margin of error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
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