A new Gallup poll finds that Illinois tops the list for state residents with the lowest trust in their state government.
“llinois’ position at the bottom of the list … is not surprising, given that its last two governors, Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan, were sentenced to jail for crimes committed while in office.”
“The accompanying map identifies states as having above-average, average, or below-average trust, compared with the 50-state average of 58%.”
“Trust is generally higher in states in the upper Midwest and Plains states, and the northern Mountain region states.”
Implications: “Trust in state government varies widely at the state level, with population, economic, political, and historical factors all seemingly related to how much citizens trust the leaders responsible for governing their state.”