The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

A new Gallup poll re­veals that Amer­i­cans have de­clin­ing opin­ions of most na­tional in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing banks, big busi­ness and pub­lic schools. At the bot­tom of the list are law­mak­ers: Only 9 per­cent of the pub­lic has con­fi­dence in Congress. Not good.

“Congress has the ig­no­min­ious dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the only in­sti­tu­tion spark­ing lit­tle or no con­fi­dence in a ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans,” wrote Gallup an­a­lyst Jim Norman.

The poll found that less than a fourth of the re­spon­dents have pos­i­tive re­ac­tions to the crim­i­nal justice sys­tem, or­ga­nized la­bor, print and broad­cast news, banks and big busi­ness. Only a third have con­fi­dence in the U.S. pres­i­dency, Supreme Court and pub­lic schools. About 40 per­cent vouch for the med­i­cal sys­tem and or­ga­nized re­li­gion.

Only two in­sti­tu­tions score re­spect­ful re­ac­tions: 56 per­cent of Amer­i­cans have con­fi­dence in the po­lice, 73 per­cent feel the same about the mil­i­tary — num­bers that have re­mained un­changed for a decade.

“Amer­i­cans clearly lack con­fi­dence in the in­sti­tu­tions that af­fect their daily lives: the schools re­spon­si­ble for ed­u­cat­ing the na­tion’s chil­dren; the houses of wor­ship that are ex­pected to pro­vide spir­i­tual guid­ance; the banks that are sup­posed to pro­tect Amer­i­cans’ earn­ings; the U.S. Congress elected to rep­re­sent the na­tion’s in­ter­ests; and the news me­dia that claims it ex­ists to keep them in­formed,” Mr. Norman wrote.

Why such lousy rat­ings? The poll­ster does not cite rea­sons, but makes a rec­om­men­da­tion.

“The task of iden­ti­fy­ing and deal­ing with those rea­sons in a way that re­builds con­fi­dence is one of the more im­por­tant chal­lenges fac­ing the na­tion’s lead­ers in the years ahead,” he said. the news that Rus­sian gov­ern­ment hackers broke into com­puter database at the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee. “Of course, Moscow got the re­ally juicy stuff off of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s per­sonal and il­le­gal email server years ago,” Mr. Green ob­serves. He is an ed­i­tor for PJ Me­dia, and writes un­der the name “Vodka Pun­dit.”

‘Would it make ISIL less com­mit­ted to try­ing to kill Amer­i­cans? Would it bring in more al­lies? Is there a mil­i­tary strat­egy that is served by this? The an­swer is none of the above. Call­ing a threat by a dif­fer­ent name does not make it go away. This is a po­lit­i­cal dis­trac­tion,” Mr. Obama rea­soned.

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