here's some interesting (scary) data on this question:
"How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right - just about always, most of the time, or only some of the time?
"Trust of Gov" (3/30-4/2, 2000), "Trust of Gov" (9/25-9/27, 2001)
Liberal Democrat 44%, 55%
Moderate Democrat 40%, 67%
Independent 27%, 62%
Moderate Republican 30%, 69%
Conservative Republican 22%, 75%
From this post
You can bend over backward trying to rationalize this, but it's a fool's errand. What went on after 9/11 was a kind of secular religious revival meeting. Instead of "Onward Christian soldiers," it was "United we stand." And as Nietzsche says, "'Faith' means not wanting to believe what is true." Nationalist fanaticism correlated strongly with ideological position. So conservative Republicans whooped themselves up into a frenzy of delusional patriotism, while liberal Democrats just half-heartedly sang a few hymns.
Data from this survey