America's Confidence is With the Military: Poll

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2011  |  Updated 2:18 PM EDT
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The nation's capitol region is home to two American institutions that the country feels the most and the least confident about, according to a national poll.

In a recent Gallup survey, Americans were presented with a list of 15 national institutions, including small business, police, and religion, and asked how confident they felt about each one.

Topping the list?  The military.  According to Gallup, American's have expressed more confidence in the military than any other institution since 1998.  This year, 78 percent of respondents said they felt either "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the country's armed defense corps.

The institution that respondents said they felt the least confidence in?  Congress.  Only 12 percent said they felt a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence, and 48 percent said they felt little or no confidence in the federal legislature.

Other low confidence institutions?  Big business, organized labor, and banks were all at the bottom of the list.

The survey included 1020 adults across 50 states and the District in June.  You can see the full results here.
 

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