Illinoisans least trusting of state government, but Floridians not too far behind

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Non-shocker of the year: Illinois residents are the least trusting of their state government. But Florida isn’t far behind. 

In a Gallup poll released last week, just seven percent of Floridian surveyed said that they trust state government a great deal, while a full 14 percent said they do not trust state government at all. About 45 percent of Floridians trust state government a fair amount, and another 33 percent, “not very much.” 

In sum, these results show a Florida with below average trust in state government relative to the rest of the nation. 

Illinois, though, really takes the cake in its residents’ dismay with state government. Just 4 percent trust their state government a great deal, while 35 percent have no trust in this institution at all. 

The four states following Illinois as least trusting are Rhode Island, Maine, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, California, and Maryland. 

North Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, South Dakota, Nebraska, Texas and Alaska residents have the greatest trust in their state governments.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.