Growing Public Anger in America - by Stephen Lendman
The Pew Research Center (PRC) for the People & the Press is "an independent, non-partisan public opinion research organization that studies attitudes toward politics, the press and public policy issues."
On April 18, it published a report titled, "Distrust, Discontent, Anger and Partisan Rancor," saying:
"By almost every conceivable measure Americans are less positive and more critical of government these days." A new PRC survey confirms it, and why not under a "perfect storm of conditions" - a wrecked economy for millions fueling distrust and an "epic discontent with Congress and elected officials" who betrayed them.
People want help, by a reformed, not activist government, and Republicans as well as Democrats draw ire. Growing numbers want less government, except for regulating Wall Street, and "ratings for both major parties, as well as for Congress, have reached record lows while opposition to congressional incumbents, already approaching an all-time high, continues to climb."
For its part, though small, the Tea Party is a potential wild card, its sympathizers inclined to support Republicans, yet Republican-leaning independents say the movement represents their point of view better than the GOP.
Other PRC findings were as follows:
-- 22% reported trusting Washington always or most often, "among the lowest measures in half a century;"
-- 19% said they're "basically content;"
-- 25% had a favorable opinion of Congress in a follow-up early April survey, compared to 25% from the March one; it's Congress' lowest score in a quarter century of PRC studies;
-- under the Obama administration, congressional ratings plunged - from 50 - 25%;
--40% say the administration does an excellent or good job; 17% "say the same about Congress;"
-- federal agencies and institutions score better, but far worse than in 1997-1998; only six of 15 got positive ratings, including the military (80% good or excellent) and the Postal Service (70%);
-- lowest rated were the Education Department, FDA, Social Security Administration, EPA, NASA, and CDC;
-- 50% cited inefficient government programs; another 38% said it has wrong priorities;
-- 38% said Washington affects their lives positively, 43% negatively;