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Poll: Americans’ distrust of federal government is deepening

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Steven Thomma
McClatchy Newspapers
April 19, 2010

Already wary of the federal government, Americans have grown even more critical, less trusting and even fearful of Uncle Sam since President Barack Obama took office, according to an exhaustive new study being released Monday.

The in-depth poll found Americans not only rejecting the idea of an activist government, but a growing number urging that its power be curtailed. The findings reinforce the anti-big government message of tea party rallies and suggest anew that incumbents, particularly Democrats, face a strong headwind in this fall’s elections for control of Congress.

“By almost every conceivable measure, Americans are less positive and more critical of government these days,” said the report from the non-partisan Pew Research Center.

The center said its new survey found “a perfect storm of conditions associated with distrust of government – a dismal economy, an unhappy public, bitter partisan-based backlash and epic discontent with Congress and elected officials.”

A key finding: Americans oppose greater government control over the economy by a margin of 51-40 percent.

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