Americans’ ratings of political institutions and news media ratings are bordering all-time lows according to the latest polling results from Gallup. Voters and political scientists, looking for reasons behind the success of Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina in the polling of Republican presidential candidates, should note the most important issues are dissatisfaction with government, the economy, and immigration.
“Major venerable news organizations have been caught making serious mistakes in the past several years, including the scandal involving former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams in 2015 that some of his firsthand accounts of news events had been exaggerated or ‘misremembered,’” a report released by Gallup on September 29, 2015 pointed out.
The information followed Gallup’s Sept. 19, 2015 polls outcome that 75% of Americans think government corruption is widespread throughout the nation. When President Barack Obama took over in 2009, that figure was 66%. The policies and handling of Obamacare, Benghazi, Iran Nuclear Deal, Internal Revenue scandals, and Department of Justice injustices or some examples that have shaped the disgust and dissatisfaction.
Currently, only “four in 10 Americans say they have ‘a great deal’ or ‘a fair amount’ of trust and confidence in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly,” Gallup revealed. “This ties the historical lows on this measure set in 2014 and 2012. Prior to 2004, slight majorities of Americans said they trusted the mass media, such as newspapers, TV and radio.”
Particularly concerning for the Obama Administration and Congress is that trust levels usually fall during election years, but 2015 is not a major election year. About half (49%) of Americans think the government regulates business too much. During George W. Bush’s eight years in office, the average rate was only 36%.
“Meanwhile, there is falling support for the notion that the government regulates business too little, even if this idea has played an important role in the platform of competitive presidential candidates such as Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders,” the Gallup report noted.
The judicial branch of government is now rated at the lowest levels in polling history.
“The effect of the Supreme Court’s prominent left-leaning decisions is also evident in an increase in the percentage of Americans describing the court’s ideology as ‘too liberal,’” Gallup commented. “Now, 37% say this, up from 30% last year and five points above the previous high in Gallup’s 22-year trend.”
Other September 2015 Gallup poll results conclude the Republican Party, at 42%, “could do a better job of handling the problem they named as most important.” This compares to only 37% who think the Democratic Party would.
Gallup emphasized that Americans are not satisfied “and are less trusting of the executive and legislative branches than they were in 2013. With voters set to go to the polls in a little more than a month, incumbents seeking re-election may face a more challenging fight than in the past.”