Public Opinion on Federalism and Federal Political Culture in Canada, Mexico, and the United States, 2004

Cole, Richard L.; Kincaid, John; Rodriguez, Alejandro
June 2004
Publius: The Journal of Federalism;Summer2004, Vol. 34 Issue 3, p201
Academic Journal
This study reports on public opinion surveys on fiscal value, taxation, trust and confidence in governments, and federal political culture conducted in Canada, Mexico, and the United States in June 2004. Compared to past years, support for the federal government remains high in the United States, with support for local government surging substantially in 2004. The local property tax is viewed as the worst U.S. tax, followed secondly but distantly by the federal income tax. Canadians are less supportive of their federal government, and more supportive of their local governments, than Mexicans and Americans. However, Mexicans show low trust and confidence in all their governments, while Americans report fairly high trust and confidence in all their governments. On measures of federal political culture, Canadians scored highest, Mexicans scored lowest, and Americans fell in between.


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