Profound Distrust in Government is a widespread condition in Western Democracies. Read the words of the Pew Research Report on the confidence Americans have in their Federal Government:
“A year ahead of the presidential election, the American public is deeply cynical about government, politics and the nation’s elected leaders in a way that has become quite familiar.
Currently, just 19% say they can trust the government always or most of the time, among the lowest levels in the past half-century. Only 20% would describe government programs as being well-run. And elected officials are held in such low regard that 55% of the public says “ordinary Americans” would do a better job of solving national problems.
Yet at the same time, most Americans have a lengthy to-do list for this object of their frustration: Majorities want the federal government to have a major role in addressing issues ranging from terrorism and disaster response to education and the environment.”
Now consider this report was released in Fall of 2015 ; yet most of the concerns and conclusions apply 4 years later in 2019. Below is the latest chart of American Distrust:
And this is a worldwide phenomenon. Here is the Trust in Institutions in England-land of Brexit:
Here is the underlying data on Distrust in GovernmentP: