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.