Poll Says 1 in 10 Think Government Works Well; No Mention of Obama

Posted by on Jan 02, 2014 at 7:58 am

He’s only been president for five years, so it’s not as if he’s some outsider. You can be assured the lede to the story would contain the name Bush if he was still in office.

Only one in ten people in the United States says the government works well, and doesn’t need to be changed, a new poll indicates.

Half of the public, by contrast, said the government either needs “a lot of changes” or wanted a complete overhaul, according to a recent poll by Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Seventy percent of people surveyed said they aren’t confident in the government’s ability “to make progress on the important problems and issues facing the country in 2014.”

The pollsters asked people which issues they want the government to tackle in 2014. Healthcare reform was at the top of the list, followed by jobs and the economy, and the nation’s debt and deficit spending.

Nearly 90 percent of those who identified healthcare reform as a top priority said they want the government to put “a lot” or a “great deal” of effort into it. Around half, 49 percent, are “not at all confident” lawmakers can make any progress.

The so-called “healthcare reform” also is known by another name. Anyone care to take a stab at it? Meanwhile, in the AP link they get around to mentioning Obama at the end of the eighth paragraph.

When asked to name up to 10 world or national problems they would “like the government to be working on” in 2014, Americans chiefly cite issues that have dominated — and often flummoxed — the White House and Congress for five years. Health care reform topped the list. It is likely, however, that those naming the issue include both opponents and supporters of President Barack Obama’s sweeping health care overhaul.

Jobs and the economy were next, followed by the nation’s debt and deficit spending.

Some issues that draw ample media and campaign attention rank lower in the public’s priorities. No more than 3 percent of Americans listed gay rights, abortion or domestic spying as prime topics for government action.

Those figures tell you quite clearly the media drives the agenda. The leftist media is obsessed with gay marriage and abortion, yet most Americans clearly don’t care. We suspect so-called climate change ranks even lower.

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