Scott Rasmussen | Distrust of Government Is What It’s All About

Another week, another controversy in official Washington.

At the moment, 35 percent of voters consider recently exposed National  Security Agency surveillance efforts as the most serious. The Internal Revenue  Service’s targeting of conservatives is No. 2 on the list, followed by concerns  about the Obama administration’s handling of the incident in Benghazi last fall  in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya was murdered. The Justice Department’s  secret probe of reporters’ phone and email records is seen as the top concern by  only 9 percent.

Competing for attention with the controversies are ongoing policy disputes  over immigration, gun control and full implementation of the national health  care law.

While each of these stories has its own cast of characters and internal  dynamics, it is now possible to identify a unifying theme.

President Obama, whose deeply held faith in government is unwavering,  unintentionally provided that moment of clarity last week. In attempting to  dismiss concerns about the NSA disclosures, he said,

“If people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust  Congress and don’t trust federal judges to make sure that we’re abiding by the  Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some  problems here.”

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