Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Who's Trusting Whom

Check out this Gallup poll on the most trusted institutions in American life (or, more precisely, the ones we have the most "confidence" in):

That the military is at the top doesn't surprise me at all (though I think some founding fathers might choke). But when did the Supreme Court dip so low? I always thought a persistent feature in American politics was that the Supreme Court tends to receive consistently high ratings?

Meanwhile, there is something dysfunctional when, in a democratic system, the most democratic branch only has the confidence of 17% of the populace.



Matthew said...

Yeah, it's pretty disturbing how closely the democratic character of an institution corresponds to its lowered trust.

Meanwhile. the paeans to small business strike me as funny, in the sense that I would find it funny if a bunch of children told me they liked peas and carrots more than dessert... sure we "love small business", but that doesn't mean we're going to stop shopping Amazon/Wal-Mart/etc.

PG said...

I suspect it's not so much the democratic as the bipartisan and multi-person nature of Congress that gives rise to distrust. (After all, the president also is democratically elected.) If I am a Democrat, I probably trust the president, but Congress has all those darn Republicans (not to mention Joe Lieberman), so it's less trustworthy.