Trust in US media, government and justice system plummeting: poll

Americans’ trust in major US institutions, including government and the media, is plummeting, falling to an average of just 27% across all categories, according to the latest national poll released by Gallup.

Only the military and small businesses still enjoy the trust of a majority of Americans.

Although public trust in institutions has been low for most of the past 15 years, the average of 27% for all categories is the lowest on record by Gallup.

The company began measuring trust in institutions in 1973 and has done so annually since 1993.

The survey figures came after Gallup announced some sobering news on June 22. .

He also reported at the time that despite continued economic malaise, President Joe Biden’s job approval rating remained steady at 41% between May and June.

Gallup’s conclusion on the matter was called into question by Civiqs’ daily tracking survey of registered voters, which found Biden’s approval rating had dropped to a new all-time high of just 30%, reported. the New York Post on July 9.

Only two states — the Democratic strongholds of Vermont and Hawaii — outnumber the president’s supporters than his detractors, the Civiqs poll showed.

Gallup also reported on June 29 that while 96% of American adults expressed varying degrees of pride in being American, a record 38% considered themselves “extremely proud” to be American, the highest figure. down for this description since the company started tracking the issue in 2001.

Another 27% of Americans said they were “very proud”, while 22% said they were “moderately proud” and 9% described themselves as “only a little proud”.

Four percent said they were “not at all” proud to be American.

In the new Gallup survey, Americans expressed less trust in institutions than a year ago, with significant drops in 11 of the 16 categories surveyed and no improvement for any of the institutions.

The largest declines have been in the presidency as an institution – as opposed to the current president’s professional performance – and in the Supreme Court.

Trust in the presidency is now at 23%, 15 percentage points lower than in 2021.

The Supreme Court came in at 25%, down 11 points since 2021. The survey was completed before the court handed down landmark rulings on gun rights and abortion, rulings that proved controversial.

Confidence in Congress is just 7%, down from 12% a year ago.

The numbers for the presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court were Gallup records.

The ratings of five other institutions plunged to historic lows.

Church and organized religion weighed in at 31%, down from 37%. Newspapers won 16%, down from 21% previously. The criminal justice system got 14%, after evaluating 20%. Large companies came in at 14%, down from 18%. The police collected 45% after the figure of 51% a year ago.

Big tech companies weighed in at 26%, down from 29%. Gallup has measured trust in this category for only three years.

Small businesses and the military still enjoyed the trust of a majority of Americans, despite declining support. Small business came in at 68%, down from 70% in 2021. The military had a confidence level of 64%, which is lower than the previous figure of 69%.

Trust in the medical system was 38%, down from 44%. The figure for public schools was 28%, down from 32%. Banks got 27%, down from 33%. Trust in organized work remained stable at 28%.

Trust in TV news fell to 11% from 16% in the 2021 survey.

The new annual survey was conducted by telephone in the first three weeks of June. Respondents were 1,015 adults in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


Matthew Vadum is an award-winning investigative journalist and recognized expert on left-wing activism.