Our Government Explained (in 3 Minutes or Less): Trust in the Federal Government Tags: Our Government Explained, Trust in Government Does the public trust in government? It depends. The third video in the Partnership’s “Our Government Explained” series reveals varying reactions depending on the question. Questions about individuals’ personal experiences with federal civil servants and agencies elicit more positive responses than do questions about how individuals view government in general. Watch the newly released video to see how people’s answers changed based on the questions the survey posed, and what could help rebuild trust in government.