A new Gallup poll finds that Americans still believe the government (18%) is the number one problem in the country followed by the economy (11%) and unemployment (10%). Similarly, about two-thirds of Americans express dissatisfaction with the direction of the country.
The results were acquired from telephone interviews conducted with 1,025 American adults (all U.S. states and District of Columbia) on March 5-8 and boast a margin of sampling error of ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.
Similar surveys show trust in government is at an all-time-low. The 2014 General Social Survey finds that only 11% of Americans express a 'great deal' of confidence in the executive branch while a measly 5% express a 'great deal' of confidence in congress. Meanwhile, 23% of Americans express a 'great deal' of confidence in the supreme court.
Notable findings from the survey also include astoundingly low confidence levels in media. Although trust in media has fallen precipitously since the 1970s, a record low 7% of Americans have 'a lot of confidence' in the press while 44% have 'hardly any confidence at all.' Unsurprisingly, the 2015 World Press Freedom Index places the United States at number 49, the lowest during President Obama's tenure as commander in chief.
The 2014 General Social Survey was conducted among 2,538 American adults between March 31 and October 11, 2014.
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