Nums: Obama was right … it’s a matter of trust.

For the record: I love kids (especially my grandkids), I lived in the city adjacent to Newtown for 7 years, and I’m definitely not a gun hawk – I’ve never owned one, never shot one and don’t plan to do either.

I think most people are reading this week’s gun control vote all wrong.

First, it’s repeatedly reported that 80% to 90% of Americans support background checks.

That’s probably true, but a practical  overstatement because “while about 80 percent of those Americans think that background checks sound like a reasonable idea, they don’t really care much …   only 4 percent of Americans consider guns to be the “most important” issue facing the country.” NRO

Second, I think that President Obama had it right a couple of weeks ago when he pitched: “People say they don’t trust the government.  But, we are the government.”

Yep, he has it right … people don’t trust government.

At least the Federal government.

Here’s some evidence …

A recent Pew survey shows that trust in government took a major hit during the Johns0n-Nixon-Ford-Carter years … and has been cycling around the 30% mark since … currently, a little over 20% of the population trusts the government.


Think about that for a moment …

Even assuming that – at an extreme – no Republicans trust the current administration … it means that less than half of all Democrats trust the administration.


Here are some more interesting nums …

A CBS News poll is consistent with the Pew results.

Even left-leaning CBS concedes that only about 20% of the population trust the government “always or most of the time”.


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So, how does all of this tie to the gun control issue?

I think that for some (many?) people, the rub is which government body is going to maintain the data base and do the checks.

My theory: even gun folks would be ok if the states were doing background checks but simply do not trust the Feds.

I can’t prove that directly, but consider a Pew survey reported this week: State Governments Viewed Favorably as Federal Rating Hits New Low


As Pew opined:

The percentage of Democrats expressing a favorable opinion of the federal government has declined 10 points in the past year, from 51% to 41%.

For the first time since Barack Obama became president, more Democrats say they have an unfavorable view of the federal government in Washington than a favorable view (51% unfavorable vs. 41% favorable).

Favorable opinions of the federal government among Republicans, already quite low in 2012 (20% favorable), have fallen even further, to 13% currently.

Bottom line: For once, I agree with Obama … folks don’t trust his Federal government.

And, that’s why Federal background checks went down in flames.

Simple as that …

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2 Responses to “Nums: Obama was right … it’s a matter of trust.”

  1. TK Says:

    Or a bunch of Senators will find out that voters care about issues beyond the one that is “most important”. You are working pretty hard to let our supposed representatives off the hook.

  2. Dave Says:

    “Even assuming that – at an extreme – no Republicans trust the current administration … it means that less than half of all Democrats trust the administration.”

    Sorry, that does not follow. You’re using the terms “administration” (i.e. Democratic President) and “government” (including a Republican House and a Senate that is majority Democratic but gridlocked because the minority Republicans can filibuster) interchangeably to suit your argument.

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