SELF GOVERNANCE: What does it mean?

Posted on March 8, 2017 • Category: Government and Politics


The World Values Survey has measured people’s values and beliefs, how they change over time and what social and political impact they have had since 1981. The research finds that people are worried about more than economics. Issues of culture, identity, tradition and values dominate the rhetoric of populist candidates today and the response of citizens.

CFA has been looking at a broad array of social and political issues since 2009:

10% Arizonans who believe their elected officials represent their interests. When asked what leadership skills citizens most value, they indicated that leaders must be able to understand complex issues and be willing to work across party lines.
Center for the Future of Arizona, Gallup Arizona Poll, October 2009

This result and other findings from the Gallup survey made it possible for CFA to identify a key citizen goal of The Arizona We Want.

Goal 7: Empower citizens and increase their civic involvement in all aspects of the political process.

More recently:
81% Americans who say you can’t trust government to do “what is right all or most of the time.” Public distrust has been increasing since 1964 when it was at an all-time low of 23%.
Pew Research Center, Trust in Government: 1958-2015, Nov 23, 2015
24% U.S. millennials who consider democracy to be a “bad” or “very bad” way of running the country.
The Economist Intelligence Unit, 2016 Democracy Index
56% Americans who trust the people of our nation to make decisions about our future, down 20% since 2004.
Gallup Analytics, U.S. Daily Tracking, Sept 2016

The growing lack of confidence and trust that people nationwide have in institutions and themselves creates a challenge for America’s future as a democracy.

Who do Americans trust?




Americans have lost faith in institutions. That’s not because of Trump or "fake news."  
The Washington Post, March 3, 2017