Poll: Confidence in press and all institutions (except military) hits rock bottom

by WorldTribune Staff, June 14, 2016

The American press is approaching Congress when it comes to lack of public confidence.

President Barack Obama addresses the White House press corps. /AP
President Barack Obama addresses the White House press corps. /AP

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.

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