By Tom Quiner
The Gallup Poll surveyed Americans about their attitude toward critical institutions. The poll was conducted July eight through eleventh. Gallup asked people if they have alot/great deal of confidence in various institutions. Here are a few high points.
The military and small business ranked highest, with 76% and 66% confidence respectively.
Congress finished dead last with but 11% confidence.
The biggest drop came with the institution of the Presidency which fell 15% from last year, down to 36%, but still higher than President Bush’ 26% confidence rating in his last year in office. Congress and the military both saw their confidence rating drop 6% from last year. Newspapers enjoyed an anemic 25% confidence rating.
Why does Congress elicit such little confidence? What do you think?
Does Congress represent your interests … or theirs? Based on Gallup, I suspect the latter.
Do they exercise statesmanship or partisanship? Based on Gallup, I suspect the latter.
Do they pass clean, understandable legislation? Or do they create 2000 page bills that they haven’t even read that unelected bureaucrats will end up interpreting … and imposing on us? Based on Gallup, I suspect the latter.
I am bothered that not only Congress is held in such little confidence, but all institutions surveyed, including our churches and schools, are less than 50% with the exception of the military, small business, and the police.
We all are connected in one way or another to critical institutions in our communities. We have some serious work to do to rebuild confidence. Let’s get started.