The American public has lost confidence in almost every major institution, according to a recent Gallup poll. Banks, big business, the federal government, and even organized religion are polling below their historical averages.
“Americans’ confidence in most major U.S. institutions remains below the historical average for each one,” Gallup spokesman Jeffrey M. Jones said.
Of the 15 institutions Gallup mentioned in the survey, only two are polling higher than average.
Only the military (72%) and small business (67%) – the highest-rated institutions in this year’s poll – are currently rated higher than their historical norms, based on the percentage expressing “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the institution.
Along with organized religion, the public’s trust in the police has also fallen to an all-time low. However, nothing comes close to the level of contempt Americans have for Congress. Only eight percent have confidence in the legislative branch, which is actually a one-percent increase from last year’s poll.
Other institutions that have lost the public’s confidence include public schools, organized labor and newspapers. I’m not sure if online news was included under “newspapers.” If so, I’d probably blame the decline on click-bait headlines like the one I just used. Sorry, everyone!
For an in-depth look at the numbers, click here.
(H/T: US News and Wold Report)
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