Confidence in U.S. government plummets under Biden: poll

The 2020 high of 46%, the pollster suggested, may have been influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: July 3, 2023 4:41pm

Confidence in the U.S. government has plummeted under the Biden administration, a recent survey has revealed.

While 46% of Americans expressed confidence in the U.S. government in 2020, that figure fell to 31% in 2022, according to the Gallup national survey, published Monday. The figure had dipped to 40% in 2021.

The 2022 number nears the record lows of 2013 (29%), 2016 (30%), and 2018 (31%). The 2020 high of 46%, the pollster suggested, may have been influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. government, however, was not the only country to see the public lose confidence in its leadership. In the United Kingdom, only 33% had confidence in the government in 2022, though the decline was somewhat less precipitous than in the U.S. Notably, however, much of the drop in government confidence came from those who approved of the country's leadership.

Just 38% of Britons who support the current government actually expressed confidence in it. That figure was 67% in 2020. The UK has witnessed a relatively speedy turnover of prime ministers in recent years, with David Cameron resigning in 2016, Theresa May in 2019, Boris Johnson in 2022, and Liz Truss doing so after a brief tenure. Rishi Sunak has since assumed leadership of the government.

Both nations also have witnessed a decline in confidence relative to other members of the G7. In 2006, the U.S. and UK enjoyed the highest confidence rates in governments among the bloc, though they have since dropped to the lowest levels among those countries.

Germany witnessed the largest improvement, rising from a 32% confidence rate in 2006 to 61% in 2022.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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