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  • Trust Tracker
  • How Americans View Government’s Role In Relation To Their Communities
  • Americans’ View on the Issues
  • Related Articles
  • State Voices in the Media
  • Resources for State Leaders
  • Methodology
  • State Voices Data
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Trust Tracker

How do Americans feel toward government and community institutions?

Trust in government continues to fall. State and local governments are more trusted than the federal government and its agencies.

As the year continues, State Voices will tracking trust in government and other institutions over time. This page will be updated monthly with new data points and trends.

What are Americans' most trusted sources of information?

American voters continue to be suspect of national and social media. Friends and family remain highly trusted sources of information.

Attitudes Toward the Role of Government

How do Americans view government's role in relation to their communities?

A majority of Americans believe the federal government has too much control over our daily lives.

By a two-to-one margin, American voters believe states should be able to make their own laws rather than having a single set of rules across the nation.

Local participation is seen as critical for the American system of government with fewer than one-in-ten disagreeing with the idea.

Americans' Views On The Issues

Each month, State Voices asks questions about specific issues and current events to hear Americans' perspectives. A significant part of this effort is to understand what Americans in certain states and regions think about specific policy solutions. With this information, state and local leaders can make policy decisions that better serve the needs of their communities and constituents.

Issue Spotlight: Full Scope of Practice

Scope of practice refers to the slate of services which a healthcare practitioner is qualified to provide. Since state governments specify the services that healthcare workers can provide, scope of practice is disparate across the states. Allowing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to perform services in full alignment with their education and training is one way that access to affordable healthcare can be achieved.

81% of registered voters believe that healthcare providers should be allowed to provide services in alignment with the full scope of their education and training.

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State Voices in the Media

Resources for State Think Tanks and Policymakers

Regularly updated resources and tools based on State Voices data can be founded by clicking the image below.


State Voices is fielded in partnership with Morning Consult once a month. The interviews are conducted online, and the data are weighted to approximate a target sample of Registered Voters based on gender by age, educational attainment, race, marital status, home ownership, race by educational attainment, 2016 presidential vote, and region. Results from the full nationwide survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

State Voices Data Repository

All data related to the State Voices project can be found here.

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Contact Us

Erin Norman is the Lee Family Fellow and Senior Messaging Strategist at State Policy Network. She currently leads SPN's State Voices Public Opinion Tracker.

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