OTTAWA, July 3 (UPI) -- More than 90 percent of Canadians feel their federal politicians are aloof and disconnected from them, a Postmedia News poll published Tuesday said.
Of 1,101 people surveyed online late last month by the Ipsos-Reid group, 44 percent said they felt they have nothing in common with their federal representatives and 51 percent said there was little in common.
Asked whether members of Parliament and senators are "tuned in" to what's really important to average citizens, 84 percent said no in varying degrees, Postmedia reported.
As for trustworthiness of elected federal officials, 31 percent of respondents said they didn't really trust them and 26 percent said they had no trust whatsoever, the poll showed. Only 7 percent said they have complete trust in parliamentarians, with the balance saying they somewhat trusted them.
By varying degrees, 77 percent of those polled said they feel they are overtaxed for what they get in return, the report said.
The survey had a 3 percent margin of error, the pollster said.
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