Amer­i­cans have lost faith in their in­sti­tu­tions

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK -

Over the past 40 years, trust in most Amer­i­can in­sti­tu­tions has de­clined. Gallup polls of U.S. adults over that pe­riod asked “how much con­fi­dence you, your­self, have in each” of the fol­low­ing. The re­sults be­low are the com­bined per­cent­age of those an­swer­ing a “great deal” or “quite a lot.”


Sur­vey meth­ods var­ied over time, with the lat­est poll con­ducted June 1-5, 2016, among 1,027 adults reached through a ran­dom na­tional sam­ple of cel­lu­lar and land­line phones. The mar­gin of sam­pling er­ror is plus or mi­nus four per­cent­age points. Sur­veys from 1989 through 2015 were con­ducted by tele­phone, while sur­veys from 1973 through 1988 were con­ducted face to face.

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