Quick Study: Public Dismisses Government, Looks to Corporations For Help; People Prefer Prolonged Polka to Losing Social Media


â–¶ 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.

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