Americans trust themselves more than their government

The majority of those polled would probably rather listen to a neighbor than an official.

Updated: July 21, 2020 - 12:59pm

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Americans have been asking themselves and their politicians a lot of questions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Should they be going to public places, or not? Will sports events continue with restrictions, or not at all? What’s going to happen to kids at public schools, and how will they learn?

When it comes to getting these questions and others actually answered, voters trust public opinion more than they trust politicians. 

68% of voters say they trust American people more than the American government, according to a Scott Rasmussen Ballotpedia poll. 11% feel the opposite, and 20% are unsure. However, when it comes to certain mandates, such as wearing a mask, voters are more likely to trust government officials with enforcing them.

Scott Rasmussen explains what these numbers could mean for the election and American ideals in his latest Number of the Day podcast.

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