A Real Life ‘Animal House’

By Tom Johnson

Jun 10, 2009 10:47am

Have you been following the news out of New York's statehouse?

Things are a mess.  Two State Senators have defected from the Democrat side to Republican.  In doing so, the Republicans have been handed a majority.  One of the defecting officials has been given the top slot in the statehouse, a position called president pro tempore.  This has led to a rebellion from the Democrats.  On and on…

Scandal, disruption and infighting in America's statehouses is ever present.  So how does it impact the mood of the electorate?

Turns out that state and local governments rate better in voter's eyes than the federal government.  A Pew poll in 2008 found that 59% had a favorable opinion of their state government while just 37% saw the federal government favorably.

A few years back ABC News polled people on corruption in government.  58% said they thought corruption in the federal government was "widespread".  The percentage was a lot lower in state and local government.

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