#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – October 06 – Most Americans are “not confident” that the US government can effectively minimize the threat they face from terrorist attacks, mass shootings, racial tensions and economic uncertainty, according to new poll.
The latest Associated Press-GfK poll released on Sunday shows that there is widespread unease across the US about the country’s economic and social problems that extends far beyond politics.
The AP-GfK survey found that 37 percent of Americans lack confidence in the government’s ability to minimize the threat of terrorist attacks in the US while 63 percent are “not too/not at all confident” that the government has the ability to reduce mass shootings.
The poll also found that 58 of percent of people think the Obama administration can’t quell the racial tensions that were reignited after the fatal shooting of an African American teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
In addition, there is widespread uncertainty about the nation’s economy and unemployment. When asked about economic uncertainty and an unstable job market, 55 percent and 51 percent respectively had little or no confidence in Washington’s ability to fix them.
“I think what we’ve got going on here in America is the perfect storm of not good things,” said Joe Teasdale, 59, who lives in Wisconsin and works as an assistant engineer at a casino and supplements his stagnant salary by renovating and renting out duplexes.
“This is the first time I’ve felt insecure in my own country,” said Jan Thomas, 75, of Stevensville, Montana. “Especially after the beheading in Oklahoma. That’s scary.”