A total of 61% of American voters are less confident in the federal government and federal agencies than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Convention of States Action poll.

Mark Meckler, the president of Convention of States Action, told “Just the News, Not Noise” TV show Wednesday, “That’s an extraordinary drop. And that means people don’t trust federal government. I think that’s a good thing, actually.”

He added that Americans are also skeptical of state and local governments as a result of the COVID lockdowns.

“I think the local and state governments behaved poorly during COVID,” Meckler said. “They behaved better than the federal government did, but they behaved poorly. And a lot of the lockdowns came from state governments and local governments. And I think people now have what I would describe as an appropriate level of skepticism about government at all levels.”

Meckler noted that Americans living in red states, where governors lifted lockdowns earlier, “have more faith and trust in their government than you would see in a place like New York or California, because they’ve been freed up and they’re out on the streets. They’ve been living their lives for a long time.”

He also said that Florida has been “back to normal … for well over a year, so folks are happier with their local government in places like that.”

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