Americans’ Confidence in Congress is Lowest on List, But Churches Are in Decline

The latest Gallup poll of Americans' confidence in 16 institutions shows a couple of noteworthy outcomes.

  • Confidence in organized religion and churches reached an all-time low of 44%, continuing a two-decade slide.
  • Congress ranked lowest of the 16 institutions at 13%, six points lower than its nearest competitor, HMOs.
  • The top-ranked institutions that finished ahead of religion were military (75%), small business (63%) and police (56%)

The summary of the poll results is quite illuminating.

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