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Do you trust government?

On Election Day, you would have been hard pressed to find anybody saying Americans trust their government. In fact, CNN widely reported that exit polls showed that 8 in 10 Americans disapprove of how Congress is handling its job. Voters across the country were angry and upset with the current state of affairs in Washington D.C.

But what about state and local government?

With all this dissatisfaction with Washington D.C. and partisan fighting you may also expect to find low levels of trust in state and local government. But that’s not the case. Since 1972, Gallup has conducted an annual governance poll to test American’s trust in local and state government, and this year’s numbers are fascinating. The level of trust Americans’ have in state government is 62 percent and a whopping 72 percent trust their local government.

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Do you have more trust in local and state government? If so, tell us why.

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