US Trust In Government Sucks

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No matter how you slice the data, American trust in government is at an all time low. Whether it’s Gallup, or Pew or some other reputable polling organization, the numbers are pretty much the same. Americans say government can’t be trusted.

I often share Gallup information, but the Pew organization not long ago posted so many wonderful looking charts and graphs, I just had to share them. So without further ado, here they are:

As far as political affiliation, Pew states the following:

Currently, 28% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they can trust government, compared with 15% of Democrats and Democratic leaners.

And here’s the graph:

What lovely colors! Note the huge drop in both Dem and GOP party trust in government since GW Bush. Note they mirror each other right through the Trump administration, meaning their trust in government is similar.

Wanna see the numbers according to generational differences? Pew has that:

Historically, there have been modest differences between generational groups in trust in government and that remains the case today. Currently, 20% of Millennials (now ages 18-36) report trusting the government, similar to the shares of older generations who say the same. Trust in government remains at or near historically low levels across generational lines.

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Same graph as above except this one looks at different age groups. Same result as political demographics since GW Bush.

Here’s the same data by race:

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Same graph, this time by race. Same curves!

There you have it. No matter how you slice it, American government is not enjoying any popularity contest. What does this mean for Copiosis?

We like it! The more people mistrust governments the more they’re ready for better ideas. Humanity is ready for self governance, but many individual humans aren’t quite aware of that.

We think the ideal self-governance model looks like Copiosis. More and more agree. Humanity will need more time (and stress) before it fully tips. In the meantime, we’re having a great time developing Copiosis further.

It will be interesting to see what future stressors come. COVID, economic collapse and nationalism rising around the globe were pretty stressful.

Whatever comes, it will support our implementation, so it’s all good.

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