Americans’ confidence in government rebounds: Poll

Washington, Sep 20 (IANS) Americans were gaining their confidence in the government after it dwindled for years, according to a poll.

The poll released on Monday by global performance-management consulting company, Gallup, the Americans’ confidence in the judicial branch has recovered from last year’s 53 per cent to 61 per cent this year, Xinhua news agency reported.

Meanwhile, confidence in the presidency has climbed 8 percentage points to 51 per cent in the last two years, and confidence in the legislative branch has gained 7 points to 35 per cent, the poll conducted between September 7 to 11 found.

Confidence in each government branch was now similar to where it stood in 2013, but is still well below the averages in Gallup’s annual trend since 1997, which saw 68 per cent for the judicial branch, 55 per cent for the presidency and 49 per cent for the legislative branch, Gallup said.

Up to 24 per cent of Americans currently say they have no confidence in the presidency, 20 per cent have no confidence in the legislative branch, and 9 per cent have no confidence in the judiciary.

The remainder have “not very much” confidence in each branch or have not expressed any opinion, Gallup found.

The recent increase in public trust in the executive branch largely comes from Democrats’ rising confidence, which jumped from 77 per cent in 2015 to 84 per cent this year, consistent with President Barack Obama’s improved job approval ratings.

Currently, 49 per cent of Americans have said that they trust the government’s handling of international problems, up slightly from 45 per cent in 2015 and 43 per cent in 2014.

Confidence in the government’s handling of domestic problems is now at 44 percent, up from 38 per cent in 2015.

Democrats’ confidence in the government’s handling of domestic problems rose 11 points over the past year, to 64 per cent, and their confidence in the government’s handling of international problems has increased 10 points to 72 per cent.

Republicans’ confidence in the government’s handling of each dimension was unchanged, Gallup found.

–IANS

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