Gallup Explains Trump: "A Staggering 75% Of Americans Believe In Widespread Government Corruption"

Tyler Durden's picture

Back in July, when the HuffPo was covering Donald Trump's campaign in its "Entertainment Section" (they are not laughing now), and when not a single political pundit thought Trump had any chance of winning the GOP primary (now most of them do), we said that "Donald Trump's Soaring Popularity "Is The Country's Collective Middle Finger To Washington."

Here is what we said:

Donald Trump’s ascendance as the early GOP front-runner is symbolic of a greater global trend: growing pushback against institutional political and economic power.


To many centrist politicians and mainstream political observers, Donald Trump is a boastful, insensitive egomaniac spouting populist rhetoric. Whether such a characterization is true is not worthy of debate, which may explain why the rantings of enraged career political pundits have no impact on Mr. Trump’s popularity among Republican voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, and across America. It seems no amount of ink or air time spent tarring and feathering Trump’s reputation sticks; in fact it seems to help Teflon Don in the polls, where he leads a crowded field of career politicians.


Donald Trump is a threat not only to the nattering nabobs in the press corps and the Republican Party. His day in the sun may be symbolic of a broader dynamic: the declining power held by historically powerful institutions. Ask yourself if Trump’s campaign is making a mockery of the political process or exposing the mockery that the political process has become. A not-insignificant percentage of Americans away from the coasts, are looking past his utter lack of decorum and political savvy to hitch their wagons to his outrage.

Six months later, virtually everyone recognizes and admits that this is the case: a vote for Trump is not "a vote for Trump", it is a vote against the broken, corrupt, crony-capitalist model.

Which explains why increasingly more are terrified he just may win.

But what explains America's revulsion with the existing system? The answer comes from the latest Gallup article: "Explaining Trump: Widespread Government Corruption" in which it finds that once the silent majority of the population can identify the object of their distrust and anger - in this case Congress and the political status quo - and once they can subsequently identify an object that represents its opposite, the latter object's distance to the Oval Office becomes considerably shorter.

From Gallup:

Explaining Trump: Widespread Government Corruption

It's been fashionable to make jokes about Congress' historically low approval ratings, unbelievable incompetence in the government and now, unfortunately, the perception of widespread government corruption. Pundits and talk-radio hosts have a field day with this. So do late-night comics.

It's not funny anymore.

A staggering 75% of the American public believe corruption is "widespread" in the U.S. government. Not incompetence, but corruption. This alarming figure has held steady since 2010, up from 66% in 2009.

This sense of corruption probably contributes to much of the extreme anxiety and unrest we see today - including protests, lower voter turnout and increased interest in guns.

Guns -- a symbol of freedom from government tyranny to many people -- are now a key voting issue. A quarter of U.S. voters say the presidential candidate they vote for must share their view on guns.

Protests are growing in cities and campuses all around the country. Students and citizens generally have lost faith in their national institutions -- the biggest and most powerful of which is, of course, the federal government.

The last presidential election had an estimated 5 million fewer voters than turned out in 2008, and the 2014 midterm elections saw the lowest turnout in 72 years (36.3%). At alarming levels, citizens -- when invited to participate directly in their own democracy -- are taking a pass and staying home. Or taking their frustrations to the streets.

The perception that there's widespread corruption in the national government could be a symptom of citizen disengagement and anger. Or it could be a cause -- we don't know. But it's very possible this is a big, dark cloud that hangs over this country's progress. And it might be fueling the rise of an unlikely, non-traditional leading Republican candidate for the presidency, Donald Trump.

To make matters worse, that dark cloud appears to be hanging over the growth of small business, which is where virtually all new GDP growth and good jobs originate. Simply put, startups and shootups (small businesses that grow larger) have been in a death spiral. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that the total number of business startups and business closures per year crossed for the first time in 2008.

And the economy isn't growing nearly fast enough -- it's been running at an average rate of 2% since the 2008 financial collapse and the Great Recession. Just to compare, following the recession of 1981-1982, GDP grew for six years at 4.5% -- one of our greatest economic eras in history.

Jobs haven't come back. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the percentage of the total adult population that has a full-time job has been hovering around 48% since 2010 -- the lowest full-time employment level since 1983. This is why the middle class has been dangerously shrinking.

You don't have to connect too many dots to conclude that if a government has an alarmingly high appearance of widespread corruption -- and that same government creates regulations that businesses cite as a leading barrier to growth -- then entrepreneurs might be reluctant to stick their necks out to start a business. Or to boom the businesses they already have.

Why would they start or boom a business if they think a corrupt government is creating rules and regulations that don't serve their interests -- but rather rules that serve the interests of corrupt officials, corrupt politicians, corrupt insiders and corrupt special interest groups?

Any wonder why so many Americans want a candidate who's outside of that system?

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FinMin's picture

"These Jews used to laugh about it. They thought it was a joke. They are not laughing anymore."

BullyBearish's picture

The absolute best solution for Election 2016...DON'T VOTE!!  Don't validate a corrupt system.  If enough people opt out of voting, they have to find another way to put their troll in charge.

Escrava Isaura's picture



70% of the U.S. population right through the Reagan-Bush years  thought U.S. wars in Indochina were fundamentally wrong and immoral, not a mistake.

It did not mean anything back then either.


knukles's picture

Some of Hillbillary's crowds haven't been much more than the closeup of the selected dozen or two standing behind her.... tragic mistake when the perceptions management folks let a wide angle photo loose.

Supernova Born's picture

So at least 25% of Americans are morons.

knukles's picture

Well, maybe I could vote for Hillary ....
She said that; "Maybe we could have, like, a task force to go to Area 51."
I know all Americans want to know about UFO’s and I’ll fight for your right to know this!
And, just in case you could possibly doubt my willingness to reveal all about my knowledge, here is this:

As proof of my willingness, I will reveal the secret of the red dot on the foreheads of Indian women. I got a huge donation for this for The Clinton Foundation from the Indian Mucky Mucks so, I am risking a lot to reveal this.
On their marriage night, the husband, accommodating his itching wife’s red dot, is entitled, in fact mandated, to scratch off her red dot in the middle of her forehead with a coin. He will then know how this marriage paid off by revealing what he has won. It could be one of three things:

1. A Motel 6 franchise
2. A 7-11 franchise
3. An H1B Visa (the most coveted of all)

See how honest I am? I reveal this for The American People
I’ll fight for you!

(h/t people's cube)


Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

"So at least 25% of Americans are morons."

Its a lot higher than that.  You have to factor in the people that are pissed off at "government corruption" because their handout isn't BIGGER!!!

Chupacabra-322's picture

For the love of God & for Fucks Sake! It's not "Corruption" it's fucking CRIMINAL!!!!!!

Muh Raf's picture

Where have these kids got their 'university brains' parked most of the time? They are all connected to the net but they can't be bothered searching out facts, still supping at the cup of the mainstream media. Everyone should know that the Clintons have netted hundreds of millions by now.

Stuart's picture

AND the other 25%... head up ass stupid?, gullible and naive? complicit?

ShortCommonSense's picture

heh.  I was gonna say, 75% seems shockingly low, now it all makes sense.

Implied Violins's picture

...and then, she reapplies it and it stays for the duration of the marriage. What does it hide? The compensation to her if the bastard cheats on her or leaves her. Hint: there are NO winning numbers.

I risk nothing for revealing this, because I would NEVER vote for Hitlary, and I already know what's at area, 51.

STP's picture

I thought it was like a garage opener thingy.  You push the red dot and their legs open up for you.

DownWithYogaPants's picture

And Escrava Isaura accounts for 10% of those idiots

duo's picture

Since there's no real difference between the parties, a Trump/Sanders ticket would suit me fine.

Barnaby's picture

Garrison/Jenner 2016 FTW!

Escrava Isaura's picture




I couldn’t agree more.


hound dog vigilante's picture

Same here.


I sympathize with the Tea Party, Ron Paul... pretty much any/all 3rd party movements.


The Tea Party movement is still growing... every genius pundit/journalist/etc. has written a dozen Tea Party obituaries over the past 8 years.  And these same dolts can't understand the appeal of Trump's candidacy?  Describing it as "sudden", "surprising", "troublesome", "inexplicable", "mere blue-collar populism", "dangerous", "meritless", "short-lived" & "impossible".

Is it any wonder that the lamestream media is dying?  They directly insult a majority of the public, exercise shallow analysis & terrible judgement, and I can't remember the last time any of them was 'right' about anything.


Long live the internet & liberty.



Fullthrottle's picture

Her crowds havent been shit. Makes me wonder about those polls. Her supporters are to embarrased to be seen around her. With an ass the size of a truck its sometimes hard to tell. 

Ace006's picture

You say "ass the size of a truck" like it's a bad thing.

goldsansstandard's picture

Bernie rally in Beantown. Trump in Lowell.

Apples and Oarnges.

booboo's picture

"70% of the U.S. population right through the Reagan-Bush years  thought U.S. wars in Indochina were fundamentally wrong and immoral, not a mistake.

It did not mean anything back then either."

Bullshit, public opinion and people in the streets had a tremenous effect as witnessed by the fact that we were out of indochina during the fucking reagan/bush years.

The fact that we are at the precipice of the debt based monetary cliff has everything to do with why the Feral Government ignores the citizenry at every turn and is crawling around on the floor scooping up handfuls of ill gotten gains like some B movie gangster on a sinking ship not caring who sees him.

Hephaestus's picture

"Bullshit, public opinion and people in the streets had a tremenous effect" Are you sure. Alot was gotten away with. From web-

Between 1965 and 1973, the U.S. dropped 2.7 million tons of explosives -- more than the Allies dropped in the entirety of World War II -- on Cambodia, whose population was then smaller than New York City's. Estimates of the number of people killed begin in the low hundreds of thousands and range up from there, but the truth is that no one has any idea.


booboo's picture

What the fuck, are you like 12 years old, did you even take history? Reagan was elected in 1980, bush in 1988, we pulled out of Vietnam in the mid 70's

Escrava Isaura's picture



Vietnam War ended in 1975 but public opinions/polls kept running well into 1980’s. Anyway, public opinion never mattered. Public demonstration/civil disobedience matters because scare the hell out of politicians. 

But America doesn't have the civil and labor organizations for such democratic movements anymore.





Ace006's picture

That Cambodian bombing deal sounds like it's straight out of Shawcross. Sanctuaries (nva)  were untouched till the sainted Nixon sent us in to rectify that oversight.

chunga's picture

Gov is now so indisputably and completely corrupt it's now a civic duty to refuse to vote. The govt is against the people.

shovelhead's picture


Who cares if there's only 12 people voting as long as their guy gets 7.

Disengagement is how we got here.

Might as well take the low hanging fruit and get rid of the most egregious criminals. People really want those jobs close to power and there's always those few that are patriots in action as well as word.

Our job is to find them and give em a job. Throwing your hands up and saying everything is beyond repair could be true or not, but it's something the rats are counting on you to do.

They don't want anything or anyone standing in front of the cheese.

chunga's picture

Your theory assumes the votes are counted correctly. If I had to guess, I'd say the battle lines in a second civil war will be drawn between those who believe the present govt. is worth trying to save and those who don't.

Demdere's picture

9/11 is the weak point for both parties, as they have resolutely refused to see the FF operation.

That will be a political issue, eventually, and is coming along just as the government is ever-weaker, ever-more illegitimate. Those trends are not reversable.

Who better to continue the path to oblivion and our replacing the government than Hillary?

Reform is not an option, AIPAC owns Congress, we would have to replace a majority in one election and then fight their lobbyists.  Israeli-Neocons own the executive and are part of the Deep State.  Drug dealers run the CIA and military and skim, skim, skim, embezzle, embezzle, embezzle.

So we have to end it, and they have to push ahead into outright rebelion and/or a much more major war to continue their seizure of power.

Better Hillary than someone with good reputation, judgment and personal charm.

armageddon addahere's picture

"Your theory assumes the votes are counted correctly. If I had to guess, I'd say the battle lines in a second civil war will be drawn between those who believe the present govt. is worth trying to save and those who don't."

That's what happened in 1776.

Fullthrottle's picture

Problem is all the free-shitter retards will find a way to the voting booth. Killary has to be stopped or its over. 

turnoffthewater's picture


"The absolute best solution for Election 2016...DON'T VOTE!! Don't validate a corrupt system. If enough people opt out of voting, they have to find another way to put their troll in charge."

The last time I voted was for Ross Perot '92 and '96, who wanted to keep jobs in murika, most people didn't see the implications and elected bush and clinton.

That is about the time I lost hope in many murikans but now I think the tide is turning and people are slowly waking up. Geesh, just took 20 years. Unbelievable! I do believe many of the people that opted out to vote in the past will return with a vengeance.

I will vote this time especially against Hillary.

1033eruth's picture

BullyBearish - Majority rules dumbo.  If all but 3 people quit voting, two of those people would determine the outcome.  

Having 50.000000000000001 % of a voting census determine the outcome should be against the law but its not.  Its tradition.  That's not going to change anytime soon.  It should, but it won't.  

If the ignorant voter would stay home and not vote, I'd be happy with that.  But the statist, liberals pricks refuse to stay home on election day.  They make sure their backstabber gets into office.   

Solomonpal's picture

Opting out of football will give better results.

MrNosey's picture
MrNosey (not verified) FinMin Jan 6, 2016 7:49 PM

Put it this way, the mafia have nothing on our governments, it's just a question of perceived legality!

More under-reported real news your government (Mafiosi) do not want you to see because they facilitated it......

swamp's picture

Macy's isn't either. They dogged Trump and look at the bottom line backlash.

Fullthrottle's picture

Im rather surpised trump hasnt taken credit for that yet, i would.