Friday, June 10, 2005

It's Not Just Politicians ...

According to a new Gallup poll, political leaders aren't the only ones Americans don't trust. As Editor & Publisher reports, Gallup's annual survey of "public confidence in major institutions," trust in newspapers and television news has hit an all-time low. Only 28% of respondents said they had "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of trust in newspapers and television; since 2000 those numbers have dropped by almost ten percent.

On the bright side, however, newspapers and televison fare reasonably well when compared with political figures. Confidence in the presidency, Congress and the criminal justice system has decreased by 8% since last year's poll, with Congress' 22% trust rating the lowest in eight years. (and the same trust level as "big business" - a very revealing detail?). Only HMOs (with a 17% trust rating) were lower.

Confidence in the Supreme Court dropped five percent, to 41%. The military and police topped the trust numbers, with 74% and 63% respectively. Organized religion garnered a 53% rating.

Things have to change. The American people are looking for leadership, and they're looking for results. Who will step up?


At 7:14 PM, Blogger EG said...

I looked at the reference and the writer (in typical journalist fashion, might I add) leaves out one critical piece of information, IMO. Did any institution's ratings go up? He's give static numbers on the MSM, military, big business and HMOs (although digging around on the site I found that the trust rating has stedily grown since 9/11).

But what about religious institutions? How has the Catholic Church's priests affected the rating? What about the new Pope? Actually, each of the institutions have had some scandal and it would be helpful to see if the scandals had any affect on the trust ratings. It seemed not to have affected the military.

At 7:35 PM, Blogger JBD said...

Yeah I decided not to include all the trend-lines for all the institutions, but as far as I could tell none of them had experienced any significant increases, while at least some had decreased.

At 12:16 PM, Blogger EG said...

So Americans in general are becoming less trustful of most institutions (minus the military)? That may be a good thing.


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