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Americans' views about their federal government are complex and often paradoxical.

Americans are giving the elections less thought and are less enthusiastic about voting than in 2018, a year of unprecedented voter turnout.

Registered voters rate the economy as the most important factor influencing their vote this midterm election cycle, but abortion and crime are close behind.

A 54% majority of Americans say the federal government has too much power, with little variation in this view since 2017.

Americans' trust in the three branches of the federal government continues to be low, while they have more trust in state and local governments.

Americans' confidence in the federal government to handle problems abroad has recovered six percentage points after tumbling last year.

Americans' ratings of the CIA and FBI have recovered somewhat after sharp drops last year. The public is increasingly critical of the job the Federal Reserve Board is doing.

Twenty-one percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the U.S., up from 17% in August and 13% in July.

Two years after the Beirut port explosion, the Lebanese justice system's inability to hold officials accountable has sapped confidence in the country's courts.

The recent Supreme Court decision on abortion highlights the increasing power of state legislatures, a shift Americans tend to endorse.

U.S. adults are more enthusiastic than usual about voting in the midterms. The economy, gun policy and abortion are important voting issues this year.

Americans' confidence in most major U.S. institutions has fallen in the past year, and confidence collectively is at a new low in Gallup's trend.

A record-low 38% of Americans say they are extremely proud to be Americans.

Amid high inflation, Americans' confidence in the economic leadership of the president and Federal Reserve chairman has declined by double digits.

With emergency powers limiting border entries about to end, Republicans are highly concerned about illegal immigration, while Democrats are not.

The $5.8 trillion Biden administration budget proposal can be profitably analyzed in the context of American public opinion.

Before Russia invaded Ukraine, Americans were evenly divided on whether the U.S. was spending enough money on defense. In the past two years, increasingly more have said the U.S. national defense is not strong enough.