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The notion that governments derive their only just authority from the consent of the governed is a foundational principle of the American experiment.
However, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 23% of voters nationwide believe the federal government today has the consent of the governed. Sixty-two percent (62%) say it does not, and 15% are not sure.
Over the past couple of years, most Americans have opposed many initiatives of the Political Class including the bailouts of the financial and auto industries. Additionally, most voters still favor repeal of the national health care plan and overwhelmingly disagree with the Justice Department's decision to challenge Arizona's new immigration law in court.
Fifty-five percent (55%) don’t even think most members of Congress pay all the taxes they owe.
Voters are evenly divided over the notion that a group of people randomly selected from the phone book could do a better job than the current Congress.
One reason for skepticism about the Political Class is that 70% believe Big Government and Big Business are on the same team working together against the rest of us.
Originally posted by Liberal1984
I wonder what proportion of the 23% who disagree are employed, by their government? Would just be interesting to know.!
[edit on 090705 by Liberal1984]