A Gallup poll issued on April 4th finds that
only 28% of Illinois residents trust their state government. The second-worst
states on this were Maine and Rhode Island, tied at only 40% trust. That 12%
gap (between 28% and 40%) compares to the 6% gap to the next-worst,
Pennsylvania, at 46% trust; then the gaps above that are miniscule, with
Louisiana at 48%; California and Maryland tied at 49%; West Virginia and North
Carolina tied at 51%; Connecticut, Florida, and Nevada at 52%; and so on.
At the very top in residents' trust were North Dakota at 77%, Wyoming at 76%, Utah at 75%, South Dakota at 74%, Nebraska at 73%, Texas at 72%, and Alaska at 71%.
The only trust-outlier in the entire nation is Illinois. Other than that unique state at 28%, all states were between 40% and 77%; and all states except for Maine, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania, were bunched smoothly together between 49%, and the top, 77%.
So, clearly, something's rotten in the state of Illinois. Extraordinarily rotten there.
To find what your state's score was, just click on this link.
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.