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It’s About Trust

February 17, 2011

Congress is still out of touch and clueless in many ways. It is getting better but the long road to gaining trust is going be a steep climb.

“A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 28% believe the federal government today has the consent of the governed.  But that’s up seven points from this time last year when 21% felt that way.  In the latest survey, 55% say the government does not have the consent of the governed, while 17% are not sure.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The founding document of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, states that governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters now think a group of people selected at random from the phone book could do a better job addressing the nation’s problems than the current Congress, but 41% disagree. Twenty-two percent (22%) are not sure.”

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