Public Dismisses Government, Looks to Corporations For Help

Americans Show Little Trust in Government, More Trust in Corporations: The 2012 Public Affairs Pulse Survey, released by the Public Affairs Council, finds that 41% of Americans say have “some” or “a lot” of trust that the government can solve the nation’s most important problems.

Conversely, 72% say business should provide community services such as food banks and job training; 68% say business should help improve health care; and 66% say business should help improve education.

Other findings include:

  • Younger Americans are supportive of corporate America: Contrary to the portrayal of younger people as anti-business, positive attitudes toward corporations are fairly consistent across age groups. In fact, 71% of the Generation X group (age 36-47) hold favorable views of major companies, and 68% of Millennials (age 18-35) hold favorable views.

  • People are concerned about the impact of too much government regulation: When asked whether corporate influence or government regulation is a bigger threat to the well-being of America’s middle class, 52% believe federal regulation of business is a greater threat, and only 40% are more worried about corporate power.

 Public Affairs Council

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Scott Van Camp is editor of PR News, an executive-level, reader-supported publication that helps enhance the business impact of PR. Scott has a rich background in both journalism and PR/marketing. He has more than 15 years of experience as a writer/editor at various consumer and trade publications. Scott was with VNU Business Publications for five years, including stints as managing editor at IQ News and Technology Marketing magazines and senior editor at Brandweek. In the PR/marketing sphere, he has served as corporate communications manager at MarketBridge, a marketing and sales consultancy, and as editorial director for the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council. While at the Council, Scott led several high-profile marketing research projects. He has also operated his own communications and media consulting firm, SVC Communications.

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