Recent wars and governmental scandals have heightened American mistrust of government

Recent wars and governmental scandals have heightened American mistrust of government

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Recent wars and governmental scandals have heightened American mistrust of  government. In the 1960s, many people became disillusioned with the government  during the Vietnam War. Likewise, in 1974, President Richard Nixon’s resignation in the  wake of the Watergate scandal only heightened Americans’ suspicion of government. In  1986, the Iran-Contra scandal tarnished President Ronald Reagan’s popularity, and  some Republicans never forgave President George H. W. Bush for reneging on the “no  new taxes” pledge he made in 1988. Likewise, President Bill Clinton’s behavior with  Monica Lewinsky and subsequent impeachment in 1998 damaged his presidency. As a  result of these events, the number of Americans who trust the federal government has  steadily declined since the 1960s. Political efficacy is the belief that one’s actions can make a difference in government 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course POSI 1310 taught by Professor Arnold during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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