Young People Don’t Trust ICE And Some Want It Abolished, New Poll Shows

By Lauren Rearick

Americans don’t trust ICE — especially young Americans.

Based on the results of a new poll from YouGov, which polled American adults on their faith in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Patrol, ICE, and more, 51 percent of adults aged 20 to 37 said they do not trust the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), while older generations hovered around 40 percent distrust.

As for other government organizations, adults aged 20 to 37 expressed more than 50 percent trust in the FBI, the Census Bureau, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Federal Aviation Administration. Nearly half of adults aged 20 to 37 surveyed trusted the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Aviation Administration, and only 36 percent said they trusted the Federal Election Commission.

The apparent distrust in some government organizations speaks to a continued trend among Americans — many people just simply don’t trust the government. In an April 2019 Pew Research Center study, only 17 percent of those surveyed said they trusted the American government, and that number has continued to decline since 2001. Since 2007, the percentage of Americans that shared trust in the politicians governing the United States has remained below 30 percent. Some experts have shared the concern that without a basic trust between the American people and their government could potentially “damage every aspect of government.

Although this YouGov survey is only one indicator of some of the nation’s current thoughts on ICE — which, itself is a fairly new agency created in 2003, as a reaction to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — the results are coming in during a particularly tense t

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