ANXIETY NOSTALGIA AND MISTRUST

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not look out for their interests well.

Notably, seniors (age 65 and older) are

the only major demographic group in

which a majority (55%) believe that

the government looks out for their

needs and interests at least somewhat

well.

When asked about specific groups,

there is broad agreement that the government

is looking out for the interests

of wealthy Americans (90%) and large

businesses (88%) somewhat or very

well. Roughly three-quarters agree that

the government looks out for whites

(75%) and white men (74%) at least

somewhat well. At least six in ten

Americans say the needs and interests

of Christians (65%) and women (63%)

are well attended. Majorities agree

that the government looks out for the

needs of gay and lesbian people (56%),

blacks (54%), and Hispanics (54%) at

least somewhat well. Fewer than half

of Americans say the government is

looking out for the interests and needs

of middle-class (44%) and low-income

people (43%).

FIGURE 13. How well does the federal government

look out for the needs and interests of the

following groups?

Percent saying somewhat or very well

Tea Party

88%

Wealthy people 79% 93%

Large business

corporations

Gay and

lesbian people

Republican

86

77 90

Whites 50 62 86

Christians 41 51 76

Women 60 72 75

72 73

Blacks 38

73 79

Hispanics 41

73 73

46

43

Middle-class people 43 51

Democrat

Democrats and Republicans hold

starkly different views about the

government’s focus. Roughly threequarters

of Republicans say that the

government looks out for the needs

of blacks (73%) and Hispanics (73%),

while fewer than half of Democrats

Low-income

people

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Source: PRRI 2015 American Values Survey.

agree that government is looking out for the interests and needs of blacks (38%) and Hispanics

(41%). Republicans are also about twice as likely as Democrats to say that government is looking out

for the interests of low-income Americans (61% vs. 32%, respectively). Despite these differences,

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