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Poll: Americans worry can government protect us?

2 years 3 weeks 1 day ago October 05, 2014 Oct 5, 2014 Sunday, October 05 2014 October 05, 2014 9:43 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The latest Associated Press-GfK poll finds that Americans lack confidence in the government's ability to protect their personal safety and economic security.

It's a sign that people's widespread unease about the state of the nation extends far beyond politics.

More than half of those questioned say Washington can't do much to minimize threats such as climate change, mass shootings, racial tensions, economic uncertainty on Wall Street, and an unstable job market.

According to the poll, Democrats tend to express more faith in the government's ability to protect them than do Republicans.

Yet even among Democrats, just 27 percent are confident the government can protect them from terrorist attacks.

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