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Surveys Show Shocking Level of American Government ‘Hatred’

from The Daily Bell:

New Hampshire is the second state to make its picks for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees. Residents will cast ballots in primary elections on Feb. 9, one week after the first presidential nominating contest in Iowa, where Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Hillary Clinton emerged victorious from the caucuses … While all the early primary states are in the business of winnowing the presidential field, New Hampshire in the past has set itself apart by spooking the front-runner and supporting a lesser-known candidate. With a crowded field on the Republican side, that type of choice could make things particularly interesting. While we wait to see who the winners and losers will be, we’re digging into the details of the second presidential nominating state to answer some questions you might have. – US News

The article above believes we have questions about the vote in New Hampshire.

We don’t. In fact, judging from some recent reporting it seems as if lots of Americans have very few questions at this point.

Mostly because they are disgusted.

What’s the evidence? Well … two recent polls, for one thing.

CBS recently posted a report entitled, “Americans hate the U.S. government more than ever.” The story was based on a new survey from the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

Here’s a quote:

The federal government has joined the ranks of the bottom-of-the-barrel industries, according to a new survey from the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Americans’ satisfaction level in dealing with federal agencies – everything from Treasury to Homeland Security – has fallen for a third consecutive year, reaching an eight-year low.

In fact, approval ratings for government picked up a bit 2011 and 2012, probably because the government was handing out lots of money to counteract the Greater Recession.

But the article quotes Forrest Morgeson, ACSI’s director of research as warning, “Satisfaction is linked to broader goals in the political system that it wants to maximize, like confidence and trust … It’s much more difficult to govern if the entire population dislikes you.”

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