A recent Gallup poll confirmed the continuation of a 30-year trend: The median voter believes in himself! The question:
More generally, how much trust and confidence do you have in the American people as a whole when it comes to making judgments under our democratic system about the issues facing our country -- a great deal, a fair amount, not very much, or none at all?
The answers: "a great deal" - 17%; "a fair amount" - 53%; "not very much" - 27%; "none at all" - 4%.
On closer inspection, though, the fraction saying "not very much" or "none at all" has more than doubled since 1974, and gone up almost 50% in the last two years. A friend jokingly gives me the credit, but I have to think that the real reason is the Iraq War.