More than a third of Americans say that government dysfunction and poor leadership is the greatest problem facing United States, the highest percentage ever recorded to say so, according to a new survey.
The 35 percent of Americans that said government was the most important problem is nearly twice as high as the 18 percent recorded in November, the Gallup poll released on Monday found.
The previous high of 33 percent was recorded during the 2013 US government shutdown. Prior to 2001, the highest percentage mentioning government was 26 percent during the Watergate scandal in 1972. Thus, the current measure is the highest in at least 55 years.
Gallup has conducted monthly surveys since 1939 to see what Americans felt was the most important problem facing the country and has regularly compiled mentions of the government since 1964. The latest poll was taken from a February 1-10.
An analysis of the responses to the question from the latest…