Dem pollster says disenchantment in government is 'baked in' to Americans' minds

Democratic pollster Molly Murphy said in an interview that aired Wednesday on "What America's Thinking" that disenchantment with the government has become a part of the American mindset. 

"I think it's baked in," Murphy, a partner at ALG Research, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on Tuesday when asked whether disenchantment with the government had become instilled in Americans' outlooks. 

Murphy was responding to a recent Gallup survey that found that 35 percent of Americans surveyed named the government as the "top problem" facing the U.S. 

"I think if you were to ask that question, 'What is the biggest issue facing the country?,' you're going to get a very different outcome, so I think that's why this could strike some as maybe surprising," she said. 

"Every candidate runs on it, including incumbents, the problems in Washington, the problems with politics, the problems with politicians, and so it is message reinforcement on a daily basis, [which is] everything is bad, I will fix it, and people believe it," she said. 

Murphy's comments follow the most recent partial government shutdown, which closed integral parts of the federal government for more than a month amid an impasse between lawmakers and President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE over the president's demands for billions of dollars in funding for a border wall. 

"When the government is shut down, it is proof positive that things are not going well, but long before the government was shut down, people felt the government wasn't working," Murphy said. 

— Julia Manchester