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Poll: Trust in government drops to an all time low

Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) leaves after a press briefing July 31, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) leaves after a press briefing July 31, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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As Congress packs their bags and heads off for a five week vacation, the trust in government from the American people has reached an all time low.

With the exception of suing President Obama, Congress doesn't seem to be getting much done these days. John Beohner and Republicans in Congress refused to pass an immigration bill, a student loan reform bill or approve emergency funds to fight multiple wildfire across the country, citing that Democrats haven't proposed any serious legislation that is worth discussing. While Democrats and Republicans argue in Washington, the American people have become fed up.

According to a CNN poll released on Friday, only 13 percent of those polled say they trust the government to do their job all or most of the time. Nearly 75 percent stated that they believe the government can do what is right "some" of the time, while 10 percent say the government can never do anything right. Keating Holland, the CNN Polling Director, notes that trust in government is sinking quickly.

"The number who trust the government all or most of the time has sunk so low that it is hard to remember that there was ever a time when Americans routinely trusted the government."

With an exception of a brief time following the attacks on 9/11, trust in government hasn't been steadily above 50 percent since before the Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal and resignation in the early 1970s. Trust in business and corporations also has seen a strong dive, with only 17 percent saying they trust the private sector.

The CNN poll was released on August 8 and was conducted by ORC International from July 18-20, with 1,012 Americans questioned via telephone.