Rasmussen Reports recently announced the results of an interesting little poll of American voters, regarding the idea of “the consent of the governed”. Shall we poke around in the data a bit?
Here’s the report, with the intriguing headline stat that “only 21% of respondents say that the federal government enjoys the consent of the governed”. As is usually the case with surveys like this, there’s a lot of interesting nibbles, but not a lot of meat to chew on. Looking across the niblets mentioned in the report, it appears fairly clear that dissatisfaction with the federal government’s performance has risen among most groups of respondents, with the exception of the “political class”. That’s defined as individuals who trust political leaders and are not skeptical about the role of government in citizens’ lives, so the result isn’t surprising. Here’s the bit I find most inspiring:
Seventy-one percent (71%) of all voters now view the federal government as a special interest group, and 70% believe that the government and big business typically work together in ways that hurt consumers and investors.
If these statistics are at all close to being representative of mainstream American sentiment (and I’m not weighing in on that issue at the moment), things could get rather interesting as the annual Coercive Rites of Spring start to consume people’s time.
I found the report via a mention at The Market Ticker.