Americans' trust in government's ability to deal with domestic issues is down to historic lows, according to a new Gallup survey.
Forty-two percent of those polled Sept. 5-8 said they had a great deal or fair amount of confidence, a percentage point less than a 2011 survey.
International marks were also down. About half said they had a fair or good amount of confidence in the government's ability to handle foreign matters, less than the 2007 low of 51 percent. The survey was conducted as the United States was considering a military strike against Syria.
"Americans' trust and confidence in the federal government's ability to solve problems internationally as well as domestically has fallen to historic lows this year," according to a Gallup analysis.
"There are a number of possible explanations for this loss of confidence: controversy surrounding potential U.S. action in Syria, an enduring low assessment of the state of the economy, or low levels of confidence in Congress," the analysis said.