by WorldTribune Staff, June 14, 2016
The American press is approaching Congress when it comes to lack of public confidence.
A Gallup survey found that “just 20 percent have confidence in newspapers, a 10-point drop in 10 years. TV news saw an identical 10-point drop, from 31 percent to 21 percent,” according to a report by Paul Bedard in The Washington Examiner.
Congress still brings up the rear at a dismal 9 percent.
The Gallup survey also found that confidence in organized religion dropped below 50 percent, to an all-time low of 41 percent.
Overall, said Gallup’s analysis: “Confidence in banks — which took a hit amid the bursting housing bubble in 2007 and 2008, and dropped further after the ensuing financial crisis — fell the most, plunging from 49% in 2006 to 27% now. Confidence in organized religion, which has felt the effects of the scandals enveloping the Catholic Church, dropped from 52% to 41%, one point below last year’s previous low of 42%. Television news, newspapers and Congress all dropped 10 points — pushing newspapers to a 20% confidence level, two points below their previous low of 22% in 2007 and 2014.”
Confidence in the military remains strong at 73 percent, a number that has not changed in 10 years.