While American’s overall trust in national institutions has fallen to historically low levels, three of the 15 institutions tested annually in the Gallup confidence study remain at their long-held positions atop the list: (1) The Military, (2) Small Business, and (3) Police.
Highlights of the “Gallup American “Confidence in U.S. Institutions, 2018”
- Americans’ average confidence in the nation’s major governmental, economic and societal institutions has leveled off at a historical low point.
- Not only are the military, small business, and police, the most trust institutions, they are the only three institutions that receive higher confidence ratings from a majority of Americans.
- The 12 other institutions are trusted by less than 50% of Americans.
- If you’re looking for some positive metric in the annual research, here’s one: Compared to previous years, the distrust of American institutions didn’t get worse.
Percentage of Americans who trust the following institutions either “a great deal” or “quite a lot.”
*Trusted by a majority of Americans
Source | Gallup “Americans’ Confidence in U.S. Institutions, 2018”, June 1-13, 2018