Most citizens believe our public institutions are failing, change can’t occur, and worse - their opinions don’t matter.
Democrats and Republicans, and their special interest enablers, are all responsible for a dysfunctional political system that prioritizes money over citizen engagement and is $20 trillion in debt with chaotic healthcare and immigration systems, unfunded entitlement programs, chronic unemployment, failed schools, and crises escalating beyond our shores.
This is critical as the government’s reach into our personal and professional lives grows and young voters that were excited about the 2008 election are now as disillusioned as many adults. The Trump victory in 2016 rode waves of bad reporting and worse polling. Both the Republican and Democrat establishment types are still wondering what happened. Trump supporters were ecstatic, Hillary supporters were shell-shocked, and Bernie supporters felt cheated. America collectively overturned the table on November 8th exclaiming the same old backroom deals, false promises, and phony reform efforts had to end and accountability shouldn’t only occur on Election Day every two, four or six years. Is it really a surprise that polls reflect increasing voter angst towards both politicians and the media?
Gallup Poll (Sept 21, 2016) Americans' Trust in Political Leaders, Public at New Lows: Americans' trust in their political leaders and in the American people themselves to make political decisions continues to decline. The percentages trusting the American people (56%) and political leaders (42%) are down roughly 20 percentage points since 2004 and are currently at new lows in Gallup's trends.
Gallup Poll (Sept 14, 2016) Americans' Trust in Mass Media Sinks to New Low: Americans' trust and confidence in the mass media "to report the news fully, accurately and fairly" has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year.
What happened to the Internet delivering a new age of transparency and engagement? Politics have always been partisan, but today’s challenges look insurmountable when media bias is pervasive, politicians attend more fundraisers than town hall meetings, and citizen voices are deflected and ineffective.
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