The story is entitled “Americans’ Confidence in Institutions Edges Up” but there’s still not much trust. And, I think, what little is there is mostly misplaced. Read the article. Here are my answers to the different trust subjects, my percentages, contrasted with those of the general public, with brief explanation.
Overall trust in “the big” is up only a little. It still lags well behind that from before the financial crisis. It’s even down versus a generation ago:
Perrin and the people (with explanations):
Institution People % Perrin %
Newspapers 27 2
Lies, lies, and more lies. They do however cover the comics pretty well. Sometimes they get happy local stories right.
Public schools 36 2
A few are decent and provide a real education – exactly 2%. Close them.
Banks 32 1
Organized theft gangs. Trust them to rob you. Your personal local banker may still be a nice person.
Organized labor 28 33
I’m over here. These clubs do sometimes serve a worthy purpose, representing the little guy against the corrupt, government-connected corporate giants. Sometimes.
U.S. Supreme Court 40 2
“The most important kind of nothing.”
Criminal justice system 27 0
There is no “justice” in the American system; acquittals are statistical flukes. No due process. No equal protection. No logic. Frequently, no evidence and no authority.
Congress 12 -12
How could??! I think I’m on the same page with everyone here – Gallop just overlooked the (negative) for the public.
Television news 24 1
See the papers, above, minus Garfield and Dilbert.
Big business 21 5
See organized labor, above.
Small business 70 85
The actual drivers of both national employment and business civility. Try hard to support Mom and Pop when you can.
Police 57 14
My 20% is a composite breakdown: Feds: 0; State: 10; Local cops: 33. This is based on my interactions with the same.
Church or organized religion 41 55
Another breakdown based on the “or”: God’s ordained, universal, eternal, and infallible Church: 100%; man’s rapidly declining “Organized” religious attempt at the same: 10 (when and if I can find it).
Military 72 0
America long ago won its last war. The new military can’t even defend its own HQ (see the morning of 9/11/2001), can’t win easy wars against primitives, costs waaaaay too much, does not protect your freedom, the English language, or anything else other than certain corporate profits. A politically correct, make-work, welfare jobs program and worse than useless.
Medical system 37 2
A complete joke of pitiful quackery and profiteering. Don’t get sick.
Presidency 32 2
The chosen lesser loser of the Great Quadrennial Black Mass. At least gives sometimes rhetorically stirring, if pointless, speeches. Cool plane.
News on the internet 16 50
It’s a 50/50 proposition. Half is factual. Half is click bait and BS. Choose wisely. You did: you’re here…