Confidence in American Institutions, including the Church, Drops to...

Confidence in American Institutions, including the Church, Drops to Historic Lows


A new Gallup poll found that confidence in 15 of 16 major American institutions has dropped since this time last year.

The yearly poll asks respondents to share how much confidence – ranging from “a great deal, quite a lot, some or very little” – they have in a list of American institutions.

Over half of Americans said they only have confidence in two of the 16 institutions mentioned – small businesses and the military. Sixty-eight percent said they have confidence in small businesses, while 64 percent said they have confidence in the military, although this is a two percent and five percent drop in confidence in these groups, respectively.

Since last year’s poll, the Supreme Court and the presidency have had the greatest drop in confidence. The Supreme Court dropped eleven points from 36 percent to 25 percent, and the presidency lost fifteen points from 38 percent to 23 percent. Gallup conducted the poll before the recent Supreme Court decisions on abortion, gun rights and environmental protection, so the reaction to recent opinions is not reflected. The loss of confidence in the presidency mirrors the drop in President Joe Biden’s job approval rating since last Summer.

Unsurprisingly, confidence in the presidency and the Supreme Court reflects the polarization of the political parties. Fifty-one percent of Democrats expressed confidence in the presidency versus only two percent of Republicans. While 39 percent of Republicans said they have confidence in the Supreme Court, only 13 percent of Democrats said the same.

One uniting factor in the poll is Americans’ near-complete distrust of Congress. Only seven percent of Americans have confidence in Congress, a drop of five points since last year. This put Congress at the bottom of the list, with television news, big business and the criminal justice system finishing a few points ahead. Only five percent of Republicans, seven percent of Independents, and 10 percent of Democrats have confidence in Congress.

Daniel Drezner, a professor of international politics at Tufts University, believes the loss of faith in institutions could have dangerous consequences for our society. “Despite the political polarization, both sides feel like they’re losing,” he told FiveThirtyEight. “And populaces and countries that are pessimistic about the future end up doing really bad things.”

The “church or organized religion” also saw a steady drop in confidence this past year. In 2021, 37 percent of Americans had confidence in the church, but the number dropped to 31 percent this year. The drop was reflected across all ideological groups. Confidence in the church among Republicans dropped from 52 percent to 46 percent and among Democrats from 27 percent to 26 percent. Most alarmingly for church leaders, confidence in the church dropped ten points among Independents, from 35 percent to 25 percent.

No institutions experienced a gain in confidence over the last year. Only organized labor showed no change, remaining at 28 percent.


Most Americans Do Not Want Presidents Donald Trump, Joe Biden to Run for President in 2024

Photo courtesy: Vlad Tchompalov/Unsplash

Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.

Read More

Latest news

OPPO Reno8 T 5G First Look: Reigniting The Segment With Power-Packed Features

You don't have permission to access "" on this server. Reference #18.4cb03b17.1675435724.5b79d282 Read More

Realme 10 Pro Coca-Cola Edition India Launch Confirmed: Pre-Booking May Earn Free Smartphone

You don't have permission to access "" on this server. Reference #18.4cb03b17.1675435725.5b79f88f Read More

Nokia C31 vs Samsung Galaxy M04: Comparison

You don't have permission to access "" on this server. Reference #18.4cb03b17.1675435725.5b7a0ad5 Read More

Sony to Remove PlayStation Plus Collection for PS5 From May 9

You don't have permission to access "" on this server. Reference #18.4cb03b17.1675435726.5b7a1b42 Read More
- Advertisement -spot_img

Vivo Y100 India Launch Teased: Specs And Features Of Midrange Android Smartphone Leaked Too

You don't have permission to access "" on this server. Reference #18.4cb03b17.1675435726.5b7a3020 Read More

Why Siddique Kappan’s Pledge To Fight Against Draconian Laws Is Important for Journalism

Upon his release from jail on Thursday morning after 850 days in custody for attempting to do his job,...

Must read

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu 2 May Still Be in the Works

Sounds like a case for Detective Pikachu himself. Updated:...

Knockout City is Shutting Down

Posted: Feb 3, 2023 1:11 amFree-to-play, team-based dodgeball game...
- Advertisement -spot_imgspot_imgspot_imgspot_img

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you