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Confidence in key US institutions at historical lows: Poll

14 June 2016 16:00

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Americans continue to express little or no confidence in major institutions in the United States, with Congress being at the bottom, according to a new poll.

Only 9 percent of Americans have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress, Gallup’s annual survey of American’s confidence in major institutions has found.

Congress is the only institution of the 14 surveyed in which most Americans – 55 percent – express little or no confidence.

“Congress has the ignominious distinction of being the only institution sparking little or no confidence in a majority of Americans,” the study’s author, Jim Norman wrote.

Overall, confidence in key US institutions lags behind historical averages at 32 percent, the poll released Monday found.

Since 2006, Americans have lost confidence in 10 of the 14 institutions surveyed. The remaining four saw no significant changes.

Confidence in the media has also hit an all-time low, with just 21 percent of respondents expressing confidence in television news, a 10-point drop in a decade.

Newspapers received almost identical ratings at 20 percent, down from 31 percent in 2006.

Confidence in banks has plunged by 22 percentage points in a decade, standing at 27 percent.

Previous studies have shown that confidence in all US financial institutions has fallen, with only 8 percent of Americans saying they have faith in them.

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