April 23, 2010
Here is good news for conservatives and Republicans if they can take advantage of it.
A new Pew Research poll finds only about one in five registered voters believe they can trust the federal government to do the right thing "just about always" or most of the time. An overwhelming majority say the government will do the right thing only some of the time, or never.
The survey found a strikingly negative view of their government among voters that it attributed to "a perfect storm of conditions associated with distrust of government - a dismal economy, an unhappy public, bitter partisan backlash and epic discontent with Congress and elected officials."
Most importantly, the survey found the public tired of activist government. They want government reformed and growing numbers want its powers curtailed. With the exception of greater regulation of financial institutions, there is less of an appetite for government solutions to the nation's problems.
As I say, a great opportunity for Republicans and conservatives if they can seize it.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.