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Media Advisory: Partnership for Public Service Summit To Explore Trust In Government

September 20, 2023

WASHINGTON – The nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service will host its first-ever Trust Summit on, Sept. 27, 2023, with media partner Axios, to explore the current state of public trust in government. 

America is experiencing a crisis in public trust of government and a potential government shutdown does more harm. In the Partnership’s most recent survey, which will be discussed at tomorrow’s summit, an overwhelming 68% of respondents say the threat of a government shutdown decreases their trust in government.  

A lack of trust has serious implications for how the public interacts with our government and how federal agencies respond to the major challenges facing the country—both of which are critical to a healthy and vibrant democracy. 

At the Partnership’s first annual summit, federal agency leaders, including IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel, and private sector experts will discuss the current state of public trust in government and the opportunity to rebuild the relationship between government and the public it serves. 

Does the threat of a government shutdown increase or decrease your trust in the federal government?  
  Overall  Dem  Rep  Ind  
Increase  18%  19%  19%  17%  
Decrease  68  71  67  66  
Not sure  14  10  14  16  
Source: Online survey of U.S. adults conducted by the Partnership for Public Service from Sept. 6-12, 2023. N=1,000  Numbers may not add up to 100 due to rounding. 

WHO:  Speakers include:

WHAT:  This event is the first annual summit focused on trust in government, driven by the Partnership’s public perception research. According to the Partnership’s recent polling, only 36% of Americans have a favorable view of the federal government, compared with 58% who have an unfavorable view. 

WHERE:  Partnership for Public Service 

600 14th Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20005 

(The event will be livestreamed and available online for virtual participants.) 

WHEN:  Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET

To register to attend this event, please email the Partnership’s press secretary, Amanda Farnan, at 

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