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Government that governs best governs closest, survey says

The prevailing sentiment is that politicians are untrustworthy, and the farther from home, the more untrustworthy the politicians get.

A recent Mason-Dixon survey for the National League of Cities supports that view. The nationwide poll found voters are most willing to put their trust in local elected officials to solve the most important problems. The survey asked 1,000 registered voters which level of government was most trusted. It found 37 percent of the respondents think local government is best for solving important issues, while 22 percent said state government performs best and only 12 percent put their trust in the federal government.

Party affiliation also affects voters’ views on the trustworthiness of politicians. No Republicans responding to the survey were willing to voice support for the federal government.

“While trust in the federal government appears to be fractured and tragically low, this survey shows that when it comes to getting the job done on critical issues in people’s lives, voters firmly entrust their local leaders to represent them best,” said Marie Lopez Rogers, president of the National League of Cities and mayor of Avondale, Ariz.