More or less, this poll is asking folks on how much they trust the WHOLE of the American people to make good political judgement.
Several interesting headlines from this poll:
- Democrats are the most trusting of the "American People" at 68%
- Republicans are the least trusting of the "American People" at 57%
- Independents are slightly more trusting of the "American People" at 59%
- In 2005, this was largely reversed, with Republicans being the most trusting and the Independents being the least trusting.
- Democrats- From 78% in 2005 to 68% today.
- Republicans- From 82% in 2005 to 57% today.
- Independents- From 74% in 2005 to 59% today.
- Just to state the obvious, Republicans experiences the greatest loss of "trust" in the American People in the last 8 years.
While the reasons for this loss of trust could be argued from any political angle, I want to focus for a moment on the phrase, "the American people". The moment I read this poll, I was immediately reminded of an episode of Jon Stewart's The Daily Show from a few years ago in which he mocked the OVER use of this phrase by politicians and pundits..and he words still ring true today:
"The American people" is a meaningless phrase that should be struck from public utterance along with, "Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee." - Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
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