Trust in Government
This series focuses on how the level of trust that citizens have in the Federal Government has changed over time. The data was taken from an aggregated study by the American National Election Studies (ANES) organization which used results from five different questions to procur the data points for this series.
For the level of contentment key indicator two series from a data set by PEW research center (shown below) were used to highlight the changes of citizens' attitudes towards government over time. These series are often the inverse of one another and are meant to showcase opposite ends of the spectrum.
This series is taken from a federalism study done by Emily Ekins and John Samples which offers a comparative view of how public perception has fluctuated over the past serveral decades. One such question was which institution (between big government, big business, and big labor) citizens perceived as being the most detrimental to the future of the United States. For the main dashboard we only used the data points pertaining to how many citizens thought that big government was the biggest threat.
The question of how government uses taxes or money is a recurring theme among public opinion questions. From how wisely tax dollars are spent, to least fair tax, to most for your money - each helps to reflect public perception of how economical the govenment is. For this main dashboard, we selected the variable of which level of governments citizens feel give them the most for their money. This series in particular focuses on the Federal Government and the fluctuations in public perception of how economical it is.
North American Federalism
While many of the series that we have chosen for this dashboard have focused on a more longitudinal view of how public opinion has changed in the United States over the course of the past few decades, for this series (even though there are fewer years) we wanted to highlight a study that focuses on the differences in federalism and public opinion between Canada, Mexico, and the United States. For this key indicator we focused on the difference in trust and confidence between the three countries.
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Public Opinion Dashboard: 1958-2016
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