Monday, February 02, 2009

"Stunning" Lack of Trust?

At the very end of an article about Jim Miller, who recently retired from the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, we read this:

Miller is proud of one impact the institute had that didn't involve specific policies. At the time he took the institute job, "my sense was that no one paid any attention to the public." He was determined to take the public pulse and make the results known.

The first report the institute issued, in February 1988, was a public opinion survey, including feelings about taxes (people didn't like them) and education (school choice was more popular than many people would have thought).

On a close-to-annual basis, the institute has continued the polls, using nationally known firms to ask questions that ranged from specific policy matters to political races to what issues were most important to people. Miller said he is struck by the disconnect between politicians in Madison and state residents as a whole.

"It's stunning how little trust people have" in their elected officials, he said.

Let's put it this way: there is little reason to "trust" anyone whose career and job depend on how they avoid saying what they actually think.

Offhand, I can think of only 2 or 3 righty-pols who actually do what they say and say what they do. (I don't pay too much attention to the Lefty-pols.)


John Foust said...

When I read that article, what jumped out at me was the way he said there were only a very few reports that ever went against what he and his buddies already believed.

If only science were that easy!

Billiam said...

Little trust? How about NO trust. In fact, I see Government as becoming the enemy.