Here is what ABC/Washington Post say:
Only 26 percent of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say they’re optimistic about “our system of government and how well it works,” down 7 points since October to the fewest in surveys dating to 1974. Almost as many, 23 percent, are pessimistic, the closest these measures ever have come. The rest, a record high, are “uncertain” about the system.
I say that Americans are not pessimistic or even uncertain about our “system of government”. Most Americans still believe in our Constitution and in a free market Republic. People are pessimistic about our elected officials. It isn’t the “system of government” that has failed. The failure has been on the part of unscrupulous career politicians and we have failed to teach our youth the importance of being a part of a truly informed electorate.
The poll that was taken was probably not phrased to measure or distinguish between Americans who are pessimistic about our system of government or Americans who are pessimistic about our present condition. There is a big difference and the latter is due to the fact that we have not carefully guarded that system.