Poll: Deteriorating faith in American government is a major issue

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    The Capitol in Washington, D.C. is shown in an aerial view. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

    The Capitol in Washington, D.C. is shown in an aerial view. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

    New March numbers indicate that dysfuntional government is the most important problem facing the country today in the eyes of the public. The economy and jobs trail behind, as does terrorism and all other concerns.

    Listen to our discussion with Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll, for these and more highlights:

    Overall, around one-third of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S.?

    Our region notwithstanding, Americans as a whole are less likely to say this winter was colder than usual than was the case last year. Again, well less than half of those who thought it was colder blame it on climate change.

    A very small but not totally insignificant percentage of Americans say that they are convinced that vaccines cause autism.

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