Only 17% say U.S. government has consent of the governed

At a shocking 17%, the number of likely voters who believe that the federal government has the consent of those it governs– a principle on which the United States was founded– has reached a new national low, reflecting a widespread and transpartisan discontent with Washington.

We the public know full well that DC lawmakers and the White House pay little attention to the needs of the country at large. We just haven’t quite figured out what to do about it yet. We will, I’ve no doubt about that.

It’s a class thing. Their class against us.


  1. Obviously the people are beginning to wake up to the fact that no matter what government is voted in, it doesn’t represent them, it represents big business, after all big business buys the politicians or the politicians are from big business, so what else would you expect. Like you said, they don’t know what to do about it, but dissatisfaction will inevitable lead to some form of direct action. The sooner the better.

  2. Actually, John Couzin’s comment is incomplete. Big Business is not the only culprit; try the Big Unions, some of the Big Environmental groups, the AARP as well…all big bureaucracies more interested in self-perpetuation than in the good of the country. The real problem is that no matter which side of the ideological divide you’re on, our two political parties hear only those who have big dollars to donate. Small businesses, individual workers, retirees, local banks (as opposed to the regional and national ones), neighborhoods … each may have someone who claims to speak for them, but in fact “everyman’s” concerns are likely to go unspoken or to be drowned out by the torrent of cash flowing into political campaigns.

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