American’s distrust in the federal government and the elected officials that represent them has been decreasing over the years and has seemingly hit an all-time low as we near closer to the 2020 election this upcoming Tuesday. Events like the COVID-19 pandemic, the election of President Donald Trump, protests and rioting, fake news and social media as well as the upcoming 2020 election have really increased distrust in the federal government for many Americans.
Mike Donovan of Not Free America recently analyzed more than 1,700 Google search terms and keywords related to government distrust to find the most common government distrust search term in each state before the 2020 election. The findings show the most common government distrust search terms in each state across America. They also surveyed over 2,000 Americans across all 50 states to learn more about how much trust Americans have in their elected officials, the 2020 election process, the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, among many other topics. Let’s take a dive into what they found.
“Deep State” was the most common government distrust search term in 15 states, followed by terms related to distrust in President Donald Trump which were the most common in 8 states. By and large the terms that Americans were searching for most largely fell in the line with the party that they voted for. States that leaned Democrat were much more likely to search for terms related to President Donald Trump lying or being dishonest. States that leaned toward the Republican party were more likely to search for terms related to the deep state which tends to fall in line with the words that the president uses.
Listed below is a breakdown of all 50 states and their most commonly searched keyword related to Government Distrust:
1. Alabama – Liberal Propaganda
2. Alaska – Nancy Pelosi Corrupt
3. Arizona – Martha McSally Lies
4. Arkansas – Government Cover Ups
5. California – The Deep State
6. Colorado – Cory Gardner Lies
7. Connecticut – Donald Trump Lies
8. Delaware – Definition of the Deep State
9. Washington D.C. – Donald Trump Lies
10. Florida – Obama Lies
11. Georgia – Brian Kemp Corrupt
12. Hawaii – Trump Deep State
13. Idaho – Liberal Lies
14. Illinois – JB Pritzker Corrupt
15. Indiana – Donald Trump Corrupt
16. Iowa – Elizabeth Warren Lies
17. Kansas – The Deep State and Donald Trump
18. Kentucky – Mitch McConnell Corrupt
19. Louisiana – Joe Biden Corrupt
20. Maine – Donald Trump Corrupt
21. Maryland – The Deep State
22. Michigan – The Deep State
23. Minnesota – Joe Biden Corrupt
24. Mississippi – Government Cover Ups
25. Missouri – Roy Blunt Corrupt
26. Montana – Lying Republicans
27. Nebraska – Failed Government
28. Nevada – Joe Biden Corrupt
29. New Hampshire – Elizabeth Warren Lies
30. New Jersey – The Deep State
31. New Mexico – Lying Republicans
32. New York – The Deep State
33. North Carolina – The Deep State
34. North Dakota – Lying Republicans
35. Ohio – The Deep State
36. Oklahoma – Deep State Democrats
37. Oregon – Donald Trump Lies
38. Pennsylvania – The Deep State
39. Rhode Island – Donald Trump False Claims
40. South Carolina – Lindsey Graham Lies
41. South Dakota – Liberal Propaganda
42. Tennessee – Marsha Blackburn Corrupt
43. Texas – The Deep State
44. Utah – Mitt Romney Corrupt
45. Vermont – Bernie Sanders Corrupt
46. Virginia – The Deep State
47. Washington – Donald Trump Lies
48. West Virginia – Government Cover Ups
49. Wisconsin – Donald Trump Lies
50. Wyoming – Mike Lofgren Deep State
As you can see these government distrust terms vary by state and by political affiliation by and large. However, there are some states that tend to show a higher than normal level of distrust for elected officials in their own party. States like Vermont, Illinois, Georgia, Colorado, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arizona, Kentucky, Utah and Missouri all seem to show a high level of distrust in their own elected officials based on the analysis of Google search terms from Not Free America.
The second part of the analysis of American distrust in government was a survey of 2,000 plus Americans that asked about government distrust and how Americans felt the election and the coronavirus is being handled by members of their own party. The survey found that 45% of Americans say they do not have very much trust in elected officials and politicians. 52% of Democrats said they do not have much trust in their elected officials and politicians, 48% of Independents said they do not have much trust in elected officials and politicians and 35% of Republicans said they do not have much trust in their elected officials or politicians.
51% of Americans said they do not have a voice to determine what their government does. Broken down by party, 59% of independents agreed with this, 55% of Democrats agreed with this statement and only 35% of republicans said they agreed with that statement. When asked about overall trust in the federal government, a staggering 54% of Americans say they have very little to no trust at all in the federal government, however levels of trust increase at the state and local level. 38% of Americans said they currently have no trust in President Donald Trump. 16% said they had no trust in the United States House and Senate. 11% said they had no trust in the United States Supreme court.
The next part of the survey asked about American’s trust of the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. For updates to the COVID-19 pandemic, 67% of Americans say they trust the CDC for accurate information. Only 44% of Americans trust the federal government for accurate COVID-19 updates. Trust levels again increased on both the state and local levels.
The last part of the survey asked about the 2020 election and American’s trust in the outcome and results. 67% of Americans said they had faith and trust in the United States election process with only 33% said they did not have trust in the process. 75% of Americans said they trusted that their vote will be counted fairly and accurately when voting in-person. That number dropped to 63% when it came to trusting the voting by mail process.
The full results of can be seen in the graphics below.
Infographic by: notfreeamerica.com