Fewer Americans trust big organizations than they did in 2021. During this period, 11 out of 16 institutions surveyed were down considerably. In addition, there were no gains for any of the institutions.
Confidence in certain organizations varies dramatically. For example, confidence in a small company was just 68 percent. Confidence in Congress, on the other hand, is at an all-time low of 7%.
The military, like small businesses, has a high level of confidence (64%) among Americans.
Confidence in the police has plummeted to 45%. According to Gallup’s Jeffrey M. Jones, this was the second time that confidence in the cops had fallen below the majority mark. The last time it dropped as far was in 2020, when George Floyd’s death occurred.
The confidence in the federal government has hit new depths in every branch: Congress (7%), the presidency (23%), and the Supreme Court (25%).
Confidence in the church or organized religion (31%), newspapers (16%), the criminal justice system (14%), big business (14%), and the police (45%) is at its lowest.
Confidence in large technology firms is also low (26%).
We’re currently living in an age when inflation is high, gas prices are increasing, crime is on the rise, the southern border is breaking down due to a large migrant influx, and geopolitical convulsions are overturning global order. It’s not surprising that people have lost faith in institutions at the national level.
As the nation becomes increasingly unstable, people’s faith in public institutions is likely to continue to fade. It’s possible that we’re approaching a turning point in American history when institutional decay is the norm.