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The Ripon So­ci­ety re­cently staged in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal a pub­lic brief­ing ad­dress­ing the un­easy state of pol­i­tics. The fea­tured ex­pert: Car­roll Do­herty, di­rec­tor of po­lit­i­cal re­search for the Pew Re­search Cen­ter. Among the hap­pier trends he re­vealed: GOP op­ti­mism about the econ­omy is “surg­ing” as the new year looms, with 75 per­cent of Repub­li­cans agree­ing that the econ­omy will be bet­ter in the next 12 months.

“We haven’t seen any­thing like this,” Mr. Do­herty told his au­di­ence, call­ing it a pos­i­tive find­ing and adding that Repub­li­cans are con­vinced that Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump is “re­ally go­ing to change the econ­omy.”

But can he re­verse the pub­lic’s per­sis­tent lack of faith in govern­ment, an au­di­ence mem­ber asked.

“The ques­tion is a re­ally good one be­cause both sides are dis­trust­ing of govern­ment. It’s not nec­es­sar­ily that par­ti­san of an is­sue,” Mr. Do­herty replied. “It’s a real prob­lem for Congress and the ad­min­is­tra­tion — re­build­ing this trust. That be­ing said, a healthy econ­omy cures a lot of ills. And if this econ­omy re­ally does take off, I think you’ll see a lit­tle more faith in govern­ment.”

The Ripon So­ci­ety, in­ci­den­tally, is a pub­lic pol­icy or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­mot­ing strong na­tional se­cu­rity, low taxes and a smaller, smarter fed­eral govern­ment.

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