i don't think most people have total faith in the "system" even those on assistance --at least in this state have been cut off, had to re-apply, jump through a bunch of hoops and so on. so they know that the government is fickle about their dire straights and will only help them when it is helpful to the gov--
i think what is really going on is those that are totally dependent on the gov really don't want to admit that it might fail.
they know it CAN and that its failure is more likely than not.
it is kind of like being on the 'titanic" --you hope that it really is unsinkable---though you know deep-down it can sink.
i think it is just a form of denial---really.
you see denial over and over through history.