As the Democratic Party adjusts to the reality of Donald Trump in the White House, its voters are angrier, less trusting of government, and less confident in the future of the United States than they were before the presidential election.
That’s according to polling from the Pew Research Center released on Wednesday tracking public perceptions of government. The survey data paints a picture of a Democratic electorate that has become increasingly alienated by the balance of political power in the United States in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 defeat.
In 2015, and while Barack Obama was still president, a full 50 percent of self-identified Democrats and people who lean toward the Democratic Party reported feeling quite confident in the future of the United States. Only 28 percent feel the same way now, according to a survey conducted last month. Meanwhile, the percentage of Democrats who say they feel very little or no confidence at all in the country’s future increased from 12 percent in 2015 to 34 percent in 2017.
On top of that, Democrats are now angrier at, and more distrustful of, the federal government. “Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents are about twice as likely to express anger toward the federal government than they were a year ago (11% then, 24% today),” the Pew report detailing the results of the polling data concludes. And according to the report: “Just 15% of Democrats say they trust the government in Washington to do what is right always or most of the time, a decrease of 11 percentage points since fall 2015.”