Majority of Americans Distrust Gov’t to Handle Major Catastrophe


earthquakeIn the aftermath of the federal shutdown and congressional fight over raising the U.S. debt ceiling, a survey finds that a majority of Americans would turn to family and friends rather than the government for help if a major catastrophe struck.

Nearly nine in 10 said it is likely the world will experience a major catastrophe, and about a third expect it will occur in “less than a year from now,” according to the online survey of more than 1,100 Americans 18 and older, conducted Sept. 27-Oct. 2 by the National Geographic Channel and Kelton Research.

In case of such an emergency, 57% said they would prefer to turn to family, friends or neighbors for help. Just 14% said FEMA or another government agency would be “the most help.”

Eric Uslaner, a professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland-College Park, said the nation is experiencing the lowest level of public trust in government it has seen. “This has been the least productive Congress on record in terms of number of laws passed,” he said.

Also contributing to the level of distrust, Uslaner said, is that the Democrats and Republicans are “more concerned with attacking each other than fixing each others’ problems.” In the past, sitting down and negotiating was more common in politics, he noted.

Read more at USA TODAY.

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  1. Nearly nine in 10 said it is likely the world will experience a major catastrophe, and about a third expect it will occur in “less than a year from now,”

    sadly this doesn’t surprise me, due to what is written below.

    This country is just going to collapse-step by step-just like greece & other countries, and i’m watching it happen as things go from worse to horrific R”L. ITS JUST A MATTER OF TIME before all our rights & freedoms will be taken away from us (rather religious laws or freedom etc…) soon the USA will be a communist country just like China. soon the USA will be shut for good as they go more into dept & it keeps growing.

    On the other hand it is partially our fault also, as we go day by day, we are constantly getting reminder wake-up calls from Hashem to start doing teshuva & return to Hashem with achdus. The only problem is that we have a major problem facing our Society today-yidden or not-called FACING REALITY, i.e. whenever tragedy strikes we let it pass us & think we could fool Hashem that we don’t get his wake-up call for teshuva. Thus we leave Hashem no choice but to keep striking us with tzaros R”L. Do you know any parent that likes to hit their child? but sometimes they really have no choice, its a potch of love to help the child improve… & thats the bottom line.

    i.e. if we all make a promise to do teshuva ASAP together as a nation this crazy thing obamacare & horrific tzaros can be removed instantly by Hashem.



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