The legitimacy crisis of the American political class is illustrated in the latest Gallup poll: 52 percent of the public has “very little/none” confidence in Congress, 38 percent of the public has “very little/none” confidence in television news, and 32 percent of the public has “very little/none” confidence in the newspapers.
Note: It is even worse than it looks.
The Rasmussen polls have repeatedly shown that African-Americans and the political class are the only two segments of the population that are happy with the direction of the country and still have a lot of confidence in the future.
Who believes that life has gotten better over the last decade? Gays and lesbians (55 percent), the upper class (48 percent), Hispanics (44 percent), immigrants (41 percent), and African-Americans (33 percent).
Who believes that their overall quality of life has declined? Young adults (54 percent), Whites (38 percent), seniors (55 percent), middle class Americans (64 percent), and working class Americans (70 percent).