Confidence In U.S. Institutions: Military Tops List

Congress at the bottom--

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Americans' confidence in most major U.S. institutions remains below the historical average for each one. Only the military (72%) and small business (67%) -- the highest-rated institutions in this year's poll -- are currently rated higher than their historical norms, based on the percentage expressing "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the institution

Today's confidence ratings of Congress, organized religion, banks, the Supreme Court and the presidency show the greatest deficits compared with their historical averages, all running at least 10 points below that mark. Americans' frustration with the government's performance has eroded the trust they have in all U.S. political institutions. Likewise, Americans' confidence in banks fell after the bursting of the housing bubble and the subsequent financial crisis.

Current year vs. historical average