The Board’s Section 508 Standards apply to electronic and information technology procured by the federal government, including computer hardware and software, websites, phone systems, and copiers.They were issued under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act which requires access for both members of the public and federal employees to such technologies when developed, procured, maintained, or used by federal agencies.Average trust among Democrats, by contrast, has remained more stable throughout the George W. During the Obama administration, trust among Democrats has averaged 29%, compared with 28% during the Bush administration.Trust in government – among the public overall, and among both Republicans and Democrats – was much higher during Bush’s first term than his second.Currently, 26% of Democrats and Democratic leaners say they can trust the federal government nearly always or most of the time, compared with 11% of Republicans and Republican leaners.Since Barack Obama took office in 2009, higher shares of Democrats than Republicans have expressed trust in government.Among the public, trust on average fell from 43% in Bush’s first term, which included the post-9/11 spike in trust, to 29% in his second.The decline came among both Republicans, whose average trust declined from 54% to 41%, and Democrats (35% to 21%).
Amid the war in Iraq and economic uncertainty at home, trust in government continued to decline. Since then, the share saying they can trust the federal government has generally fluctuated in a narrow range, between 20% and 25%.
And in 2001, the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States transformed public attitudes on a range of issues – including trust in government.
In early October 2001, a month after the attacks, 60% said they could trust the government, roughly double the share earlier that year and the highest percentage expressing trust in government in more than 40 years.
Since the 1970s, trust in government has been consistently higher among members of the party that controls the White House than among the opposition party.
However, Republicans are much more reactive than Democrats to changes in political power.