The level of public trust in the government sharply declined during the war in Vietnam and further eroded throughout the 1970s, at the time when the older end of Generation X were watching television and picking up the anxieties in the world of their parents.
Skepticism about government is, in many respects, part of our national DNA. But surveys in the 1950s and 1960s showed most Americans expressed at least a basic trust that their government would do the right thing most or all the time. The 1970s and the tumultuous issues of Vietnam and Watergate eroded that sentiment, and the polling numbers on it have never really recovered.
– February 13, 2013
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