"Our studies show that trust in government falls when the economy is difficult and people don`t think that government`s effective in dealing with it. They fall at times of unpopular wars, Vietnam, Iraq. And now I think the concern here with government is gridlock. People are very concerned that government isn`t getting anywhere. I mean, two statistics really stand out to me from this election: Only 25 percent have a favorable view of Congress, yet 90 percent of the people who ran for reelection got reelected. And that`s the source of the frustration."
Andy Kohut, Founding Director of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press [PBS NewsHour]
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