Only 15 percent of people 65 or older and 16 percent of people between age 50 and 64 trust the government to do what is right “always” or “most of the time,” according to a recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press that was based on phone calls made during the government shutdown earlier this month.
Baby boomers and seniors were the least trusting of their government, according to the poll, which found 17 percent of people between ages 30 and 49 trust their government to do what is right, and 29 percent of those ages 18 to 29 trust their government.
But even though the country’s level of trust in government is nearing a low, the poll found Americans still view federal employees and certain federal agencies in a positive light.
It found 62 percent of Americans think federal employees are doing a good job, and the country’s three favorite government agencies are the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (75 percent of the population views favorably), NASA (73 percent of the population views favorably) and the Department of Defense (72 percent view favorably.
— From staff reports