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Electorate’s Deep Cynicism is Greatest Cause for Optimism

Posted on Friday, September 15, 2023
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AMAC Exclusive – By Shane Harris

The Capitol Building in Washington DC with the flag of the United States of America which electorate has grown to distrust

After decades of America’s political, cultural, and media elites lying to the American electorate, the public has become deeply cynical and distrustful of institutional authority. But while this may initially seem like a depressing development, the fact that voters now understand they are being deceived has eroded the effectiveness of the lies propagated by those in power – perhaps marking the first step toward a restoration of constitutional government where the people are truly in charge.

There is no clearer illustration of the declining trust in American institutions than the complete collapse of faith in the legacy press. The percentage of Americans who say they have a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in the mass media according to Gallup has steadily declined from a high of 72 percent in 1976 to 34 percent in the most recent iteration of the poll last October.

But one development that does appear to be new is that Americans don’t just believe the news is untrustworthy or contains liberal or conservative bias – they believe media outlets are intentionally lying to them. According to a Gallup/Knight Foundation poll, just 25 percent of Americans agree with the statement, “national news outlets do not intend to mislead viewers.” 50 percent disagreed, saying they believe national news outlets do intend to mislead them.

Public trust in government is even lower. Just 20 percent of Americans say they trust the government all or most of the time. Among Democrats, that number is slightly higher at 29 percent, and it is much lower among Republicans, at just 9 percent.

On certain issues, many of which are of national importance, the public’s cynicism is even more pronounced.

One of the most obvious examples is Joe Biden’s cognitive decline. Despite an all-out effort by the White House and most of the mainstream media to portray the president as the epitome of good health, 63 percent of Americans don’t believe Biden is mentally or physically sharp enough to be president.

The public also hasn’t bought the White House’s defense of Hunter Biden or the media’s urgent attempts to convince people that the president’s son did nothing wrong. 61 percent of Americans don’t believe Democrats’ claims that there is “no evidence” Joe Biden was involved in Hunter’s influence peddling schemes. 77 percent of Americans say it’s “believable” that Hunter cheated on his taxes to hide his income (including 66 percent of Democrats) and 50 percent say Hunter is receiving favorable treatment because he is the president’s son.

Speaking of the president’s troubled son, 63 percent of Americans believe the infamous “laptop from hell” is important, with 44 percent saying it’s “very important,” despite rampant collusion by the media, Big Tech, and the Deep State to suppress and censor the story in 2020.

While the media and Democrat establishment’s efforts to cover for Joe and Hunter have caused the public to become more untrusting of the president, the crusade to paint former President Donald Trump as a criminal and enemy of the people seems to be having the exact opposite effect. It is truly remarkable that Trump can face four indictments, including 31 charges under the Espionage Act, and his poll numbers for both the GOP primary race and in a potential 2024 rematch with Biden only go up.

Most Americans also don’t buy the narrative that Trump somehow orchestrated the January 6 Capitol riot as a plot to overthrow the government. To the contrary, 61 percent of likely voters surveyed by Rasmussen believe undercover government agents intentionally provoked the riot – a direct rebuke of the Democrat-run January 6 committee’s assertions.

Even on ostensibly non-political issues, Americans are increasingly distrustful of the authorities.

For instance, a significant plurality of Americans (45 percent) believe that infamous child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was murdered, as opposed to only 16 percent who believe he died by suicide in his prison cell, as the official narrative states. The ongoing refusal of authorities to publish Epstein’s full client list has added more fuel to skeptics’ theories.

63 percent of Americans believe the government is withholding information on UFOs and potential contact with extraterrestrial life, compared to just 17 percent who don’t think that’s the case.

No one really believed the Biden administration, either, when they claimed the United States had nothing to do with the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipeline between Russia and Germany last year. A bombshell Substack report from Pulitzer-Prize winning journalism Seymour Hersh appeared to confirm those suspicions.

No one believed the media earlier this year when they claimed that a Hispanic man who committed a mass shooting at a Texas mall was a “white supremacist.”

No one believed the stated reason for withholding the manifesto of a transgender individual who tragically killed six people, including three children, inside a Nashville school in March. Though the police claimed “pending litigation” prevented them from disclosing the documents, skeptics pointed out that any time a supposedly right-wing mass shooter leaves a manifesto, it is plastered all over cable news networks within hours.

Heading into an election year, a public that simply doesn’t trust anything the media or their elected leaders say could have a profound and unpredictable effect on the shape of the race and its ultimate outcome. All of the theories that political analysts use to predict how elections will unfold are based on how news stories impact votes. But what happens when voters don’t trust the news?

For Trump, who has long made the political establishment and mainstream media two of his top targets, this could be an underappreciated advantage. Trump has been saying our elites have been lying to us for years, and now, it seems, more and more people are starting to see it too.

Shane Harris is a writer and political consultant from Southwest Ohio. You can follow him on Twitter @ShaneHarris513.

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heil biden
heil biden
9 months ago

GET RID OF THE 12 MILLIONS OVERNIGHT VOTERS

Rik
Rik
9 months ago

The populace is becoming more cynical, especially of Jack*ss Joe Biden but WORDS WITHOUT ACTIONS won’t SAVE OUR FREEDOMS! Even OUR MILITARY has been TAKEN OVER BY THESE COMMUNIST WANNABES DEMOCRATS! . . . The RED STATES must lead the way in Saving America!

Melinda
Melinda
9 months ago

I wonder about these polls and who they ask. Is it city people, or suburbanites? Are rural folks included? I know most of them publish results by political party, but haven’t seen a urban/rural divide. It could make a difference. That, and the fact that polls don’t always lead to the predictive outcome.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
9 months ago

They get away with it because the media allows it. But that’s no surprise when they were all trained to be good, little party members in the schools they studied “journalism” at! They’d rather keep a moronic, lying shill for China in Office then Trump. If Hitler ran as a Democrat, they’d vote for Hitler before Trump. And WE’RE the “cultists”?

Jackie
Jackie
9 months ago

I have never really believed that polls have anything to do with reality!! I believe Americans are not the ignorant folks that our politicians would like to think we are!! And I believe that more and more Americans are now waking up and understanding that politicians lie and the government lies along with all of the factions of the government!! I don’t trust 98% of politicians or people who work for the government but especially Democrats!! I think they cheat, steal, lie and they are arrogant people who have forgotten where they came from!!

SusanP
SusanP
9 months ago

The government has been lying to the people far longer than most realize. Washington, D.C. was warned of the planned attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, but did NOTHING to stop it. We now know that they also knew about the hijackers who carried out the 9/11 attack, but again kept silent. A recent article explained that the steel structures of the World Trade towers were loaded with thermite and the owner had doubled the insurance about 2 months before the attack. It was the thermite that brought the towers down, not an airplane. The plane merely provided the spark. The 3rd tower to fall was never struck.
Over the last 100 years, apathy among the voters has allowed our enemy to take over most of the controlling positions in our government. If the public does not WAKE UP NOW, we are doomed. It is imperative that Trump become POTUS following the 2024 election. No one else has the grit and brains to right the ship of state. Once, control is re-established, every supporter of the far left must be found, charged, prosecuted and punished for the treason they committed. We must also demand that the 3 branches of government, Executive, Judicial and Legislative, return to strict adherence to the U. S. Constitution as written and intended by the Founding Fathers. The legislative branch will be very busy as the majority of bureaus, agencies and departments now funded with tax dollars are unconstitutional. All unconstitutional organizations MUST BE defunded and shut down. Article I, Section 8 of the U. S. Constitution enumerates specific responsibilities of the federal government. Any tax funded organization NOT operating strictly under one of those mandated responsibilities must be defunded and closed down. Before anyone complains about losing their favorite public charity, please remember charity is NOT a responsibility of the federal government. Charity belongs to the churches and to the people. If you do not understand I suggest you find and read “Not yours to give”. It is a lesson learned by Davy Crockett when he was a member of the House.

Nessie509
Nessie509
9 months ago

I think team Biden went too far left too fast. They tried to force very Liberal Policies on an electorate. But the electorate leans slightly to the right and is slightly conservative.

Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
9 months ago

democrat commit voter fraud in every single democrat run state.

DeeDee
DeeDee
9 months ago

Love this article! It’s about time people are waking up and seeing our current governments for what they are. GOD is truly in control!

Cindy Hayes
Cindy Hayes
9 months ago

Yes, Everything you said plus the fact that our corrupt Secretary of State’s have allowed CISA to control our machines and election processes.
You know, so our machines don’t get hacked. The machines not hooked to anything. Those machines. Or the Voter Rolls, or the Drop Boxes, or the Mail in Ballots. It’s always multi-pronged with our corrupt weaponized government controlled by the Globalists and the CCP.

Mario Capparuccini
Mario Capparuccini
9 months ago

The sad thing is that 34% still believe the media. They must be the marijuana smokers.

DennyORE
DennyORE
9 months ago

It’s good that most Americans think that the progressive mainstream media lies to us, because that is true. But its not a good sign that Americans are also starting to believe more things that aren’t true. The assault on the Capitol Building was not a false flag operation.The U.S. did not sabotage the Nord Stream pipeline. President Kennedy was not assassinated by the CIA. And we are not being visited by aliens from another planet. Replacing one pretend world with another is not progress.

Edward Mullin
Edward Mullin
9 months ago

The people in China don’t believe the government’s BS either. Our government wants us to believe that they (we) are the good guys. China’s one-party unity government isn’t going anywhere either.

John
John
9 months ago

The writer talks about a “restoration” of constitutional government where the people are in charge.
If he means all or most of the people, as opposed to a wealthy elite, when has that ever been true in the US.
Too many conservatives are in thrall to a past that never existed.

Rik
Rik
9 months ago

Hey Biden Fan, you’re right Biden gets an A+ for A*shole+

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
9 months ago

Wary this election due to
2020 Rerun
Lawfare in play
Keep Trump OFF Ballot
Otherwise OK

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