Gallup is out with its Confidence in Institutions Index, and the military leads the way.
Americans continue to express greater confidence in the military than in 15 other national institutions, with 78% saying they have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in it. In addition to the military, a majority of Americans express high esteem for small business and the police. Congress ranks last among these institutions, behind big business and health maintenance organizations.
Pulling up the rear is Congress, with an abysmal 12% in the “Great Deal/Quite a lot” category. Is it any wonder?
Congratulations to the U.S. Military for dominating the Confidence Index for years.
The military has been the top ranked institution each year since 1998 and from 1989 to 1996. In 1997, when small business was added to the survey for the first time, it edged out the military by 63% to 60%.
Read the full Gallup report here.