Pollster says lack of trust in government 'symptomatic of a larger global issue'

Pollster Mallory Newall said in an interview that aired Tuesday on Hill.TV's "What America's Thinking" that the public's growing lack of trust in government extends to countries outside of the U.S.

"Everything that we've just discussed, this decline in trust, people thinking that government doesn't work for them, it's not a U.S. problem," Newall, research director at Ipsos Public Affairs, told host Jamal Simmons on Monday.

"You're seeing this with Brexit. You're seeing this all over the world. You're seeing this with the most recent election in Brazil. You're seeing this in Germany," she continued. 

"I think it is symptomatic of a larger global issue like you said," she said. 

Newall was discussing a recent University of Chicago Harris Public Policy survey that showed dissatisfaction with the U.S. political system among Americans. 

Fifty-four percent of respondents said they believe major changes are needed in the U.S. government. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump opens new line of impeachment attack for Democrats Bloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes MORE's 2016 victory was widely seen as a reactionary vote from people upset with the U.S. political system. 

Voters in other countries, like the United Kingdom and Brazil, have also made their frustration with political institutions known in referendums and elections. 

The U.K. is in the process of trying to leave the European Union after the country voted to leave the multination bloc in 2016, while Brazil elected populist candidate Jair Bolsonaro last year. 

— Julia Manchester