Majority of Pennsylvanians Don't Trust State Gov't, Gallup Poll Finds

Just 46 percent of Keystone State residents trust the state government “a great deal” or “fair amount,” according to the Gallup poll findings.

Pennsylvanians rank among the lowest in the nation when it comes to how much they trust their state government, a new Gallup poll released Friday reveals.

Just 46 percent of Keystone State residents trust the state government “a great deal” or “fair amount,” according to the Gallup poll findings.

Residents of just three states place less trust in the government than those in Pennsylvania. Illinois residents trust their state government the least, with just 28 percent of residents saying they place a “great deal” or “fair amount” in their state leaders.

Just 40 percent of Rhode Island and Maine residents say they trust their state governments.

Trust is generally higher in states in the upper Midwest and Plains states, and the northern Mountain region states, the Gallup poll revealed.

North Dakota residents ranked the highest in their trust for the state government. According to the poll, 77 percent of North Dakota residents trust their state government. Wyoming and Utah ranked second and third, respectively.

The poll was conducted June through December 2013 and included interviews with at least 600 residents in every state, Gallup said.

“This poll allows Gallup for the first time to report trust in state government at the state level. Gallup has previously measured Americans' trust in their state governments on national basis,” according to the Gallup’ summary.

Leif Fearn April 09, 2014 at 05:14 PM
When we know of illegalities committed by our representatives, and our response is disgust and the sense that we cannot, or will not, do anything about it, we have essentially given away our constitutional rights and responsibilities. We talk about men and women putting their lives and well-bring at risk to "protect our freedoms," when, in fact, each one of us protects our freedoms by how we assume responsibility for those freedoms, witnessed every day, when no one is looking. Perhaps the conversation is about how we take responsibility every day, for that would be, at least, talk about our role in the health of our republic. Lamenting bad behavior by others does nothing for our republic's well-being. What's important is that the conversation is about the health of our republic rather than the strength of this or that party, which the Framers referred to as "factions."
dwayne roberson April 09, 2014 at 09:03 PM
No one should aspire for merely lamenting bad behavior. That is a complete waste of time. Upholding the rule of law independent of party affiliation is everything to our republic's well being. Lady justice wears her blindfold for a critical reason. She must be objective and consistent otherwise she is made of crumbling plaster. Respect for the rule of law also lapses into decay and democracy has no foundation for the faith of the citizenry. A response of disgust and apathy is a useless exercise. The response must be active. The Attorney General's primary responsibility is to uphold the rule of law. If instead she obstructs justice, terminates investigations with conclusive video evidence, then public participation is mandatory. The truth must be investigated and fully disclosed. A criminal must be treated the same even if they are your party peers, otherwise there is not equality under the law! What could be more fundamental to the health of our republic than that?
Leif Fearn April 14, 2014 at 01:59 PM
Dwayne makes the right point. Disgust and apathy are useless. "I must do something" solves more problems than "Something must be done." We're living in a half-century of government selling misinformation and media selling fear. I have to decide not to be a buyer. I cannot allow myself to feel that I am helpless, that my only roles, as articulated by Noam Chomsky, are to either agree or disagree and to keep consuming. If we want change, we must understand that it comes from individuals, not groups. And it comes from leaving allegiances to favored factions behind, for it is those allegiances that exacerbate the problem.
Leif Fearn April 14, 2014 at 02:33 PM
Forty percent of Californians trusted our state legislators (California State Assembly) in a poll published just over a week ago. Then the Assembly censored one of its members for illegal behavior. Immediately after the censor, a follow-up poll showed 46% of Californians trusting its legislature. Forty to 46 isn't much to crow about, but it does suggest that Californians are not beyond being influenced by good behavior on the part of its legislators, where, in this case, "good" behavior is the willingness to ensure bad behavior. Maybe legislators in Pennsylvania could be influenced to censure bad behavior.


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