Shocker: Americans losing confidence in “institutions”…

So says the most recent Gallup poll.
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According to Gallup: Americans are less confident in major U.S. institutions than they were decades ago … or even a year ago.

In the 1980s,”high confidence in institutions” hovered around 45% … that dropped to 40% in the 1990s … then dropped again to about 35% in the period 2007 to 27% in 2022.

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Gallup observes that:

The largest declines in confidence (from 2021 to 2022) are 11 percentage points for the Supreme Court — as reported in late June before the court issued controversial rulings on gun laws and abortion, and …

15 points for the presidency, matching the 15-point drop in President Joe Biden’s job approval rating since the last confidence survey in June 2021.

Congress dropped 5 percentage points (from its prior 12% level) and to a new low of 7%

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The highest confidence ratings go due small business and the military (despite the Afghanistan debacle which is apparently laid at the feet of the Biden administration).

Note: Big business is down 4 percentage points to 14%

Next highest confidence levels go to police and the medical system.

  • Republicans give the police a 67% confidence rating; Dems give the police a low 28% confidence rating.
  • The criminal justice system is down 6 percentage points to 14%

Public schools are down 4 percentage points to 28%.

Newspapers and TV news are down to 16% and 11% respectively.

Dems give newspapers a 35% confidence rating and TV news a 20% rating; Republicans give those news outlets 19% and 13% ratings, respectively.

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Anybody surprised?

One Response to “Shocker: Americans losing confidence in “institutions”…”

  1. Bob Heflin Says:

    Ken
    Only surprised at the Dems only having 35% confidence in newspapers!! Don’t they own most of them??
    Da Cuz

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