Anti-government polling

New, Edelman survey finds just 46 percent of Americans trust traditional media. That’s the lowest number ever recorded in the 20 years that Edelman has obtained the data.

A clear majority (56%) believe mainstream (government supported and supporting) media is “purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations.”

The Edelman number tracks with Gallup’s findings. Gallup, over the past decade, has consistently put the percentage of Americans’ trust in media in the low 40s.

Gallup’s 2020 results found that 73 percent of Democrats trust the media, while only 10 percent of Republicans do. The new Edelman numbers are in line with that schism. A post-election follow-up to the Edelman survey shows 57 percent of Democrats trust the media, compared to just 18 percent of Republicans.

In the latest Gallup survey, satisfaction is the lowest the firm has recorded, down to 39%. And the survey started in 2001 showed its steepest one-year plunge, down from 53% a year ago, before the virus swept through the world and when the Trump economy was sky-high.

“Americans’ satisfaction with seven broad aspects of the way the country functions is collectively at its lowest in two decades of Gallup measurement. This includes satisfaction with the overall quality of life in the U.S., assessments of government, corporate and religious influence, and perceptions of the economic and moral climates,” said the analysis.

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Dissatisfaction increased along every dimension since January 2000.

And while there were some differences between Democrats and Republicans, both said they were less satisfied this year.

The “bottom line” from Gallup:

Americans’ views of the country are very different today than a year ago.

This is evident in the decline in Americans’ satisfaction with the direction of the country overall from 41% last January to 11% today. But the specific ratings reviewed in this report fill out the story.

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American support for socialism plummets

Study: Support for Socialism Sinks After 2020 Election, Hits Lowest Level in Years

The year 2020 saw Americans suffer from government overreach on an unprecedented level. And new polling suggests that Americans’ tolerance for government control may be waning.

In a Feb. 7, 2021 news release, the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University revealed only 32 percent of American adults said they preferred socialism to capitalism in the aftermath of the presidential election last fall. In a survey taken in early 2018, that number was 41 percent.

“According to the survey conducted by CRC Director of Research Dr. George Barna, the 9 percentage-point decline among U.S. adults since 2018 represents more than 20 million fewer individuals preferring socialism over capitalism,” the news release read.

“A two-thirds majority (68%) said they prefer capitalism to socialism (more than 170 million adults). Still, the fact that one-third — about 80 million Americans — prefer socialism is significant, despite the overall decline in support for socialism nationwide.

Younger Americans under 30, unsurprisingly, were the most supportive of socialism, but even they showed a reduction in support for the worldview in just two-and-a-half years.

While 48 percent of under-30s supported socialism in 2018, only 43 percent supported it after the 2020 election.

However, this cut across age demographics, with ages 30 to 49 evincing a 15-point drop in support (49 percent to 34 percent) and 50-plus Americans only supporting socialism at 23 percent, compared to 30 percent in 2018.

The 2020 survey was taken just after the election, between Nov. 4-16. In 2018, it was taken months before the midterms, between Jan. 26 and Feb. 4.

Furthermore, the two studies’ methodologies sound like they diverge, although it’s unclear whether that would make any appreciable difference.

In 2018, it was conducted via “a nationwide online survey conducted among a demographically balanced panel of 2,000 adults, age 18 or older.” In 2020, meanwhile, “[t]he survey was completed online by 1,000 adults who were part of a demographically balanced national panel.”

This isn’t a much-tracked issue, although Gallup found that support for socialism had tracked slightly upward during the 2010s, with 36 supporting it at the beginning of the decade and 39 percent supporting it in 2019.

An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll at the beginning of 2020 found that 28 percent of adults rated socialism more favorably than capitalism, compared with 57 percent who rated capitalism higher.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Americans believe more government harms the economy.