Politician shortage? Seven out of 10 voters wonder if our elected leaders are the 'best' we can find

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Are gifted, committed leaders shunning the expensive, combative political arena? Maybe so. Voters are not convinced that the best among us have been elected, according to a new Fox News poll.

It found that 71 percent of registered U.S. voters wonder if the nation’s political leaders are the best people we can find to lead the country; 85 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of Democrats agree with that.

Voters have a barely tepid reaction to politicians, meanwhile: only 23 percent feel “confident and proud” of the people in leadership roles; 11 percent of Republicans and 38 percent of Democrats agree.

The survey also confirmed what most people already worry about: 64 percent overall say the federal government is too big; 87 percent of Republicans and 43 percent of Democrats agree.

Almost two thirds - 63 percent - have “not much” or no trust in the federal government; 83 percent of Republicans and 41 percent of Democrats agree.

The Fox News poll of 1,010 U.S. voters conducted June 9 to 11.

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