by John Ransom | Apr 26, 2014
I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed. – Jonathan Swift
Even Illinoisans are ashamed.
The wickedness has become so obvious, so entrenched and so brazen, that the state that used to take pride in their corruption, because it “worked,” now understands the Faustian bargain they’ve made.
A Gallup poll reveals that by a wide margin Illinoisans trust their government less than any other state in the union.
According to Gallup only 28% of people from Illinois have a great deal of trust in their government.
The Land of Lincoln is followed by Rhode Island, Maine, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, California and Maryland– all of which post numbers from 40% to 49% level of trust by resident.
Residents from small government, pro-market states North Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, South Dakota, Nebraska, Texas and Alaska rate their government’s highest in terms of trust, posting numbers as high as 79% of residents saying they have a great deal of trust in their government.
And that’s not really a coincidence is it?
“Even though Midwesterners are generally more positive about their states,” writes the Chicago Tribune, “Illinois residents are the exception, with 25 percent declaring that it is ‘the worst possible state to live.’ The particularly grim outlook of Illinois residents could be attributed to factors like high-profile scandals and high taxes.”