According to a poll done by Gallup, the US public’s confidence in Washington lawmakers is as an all time low. Confidence has been declining constantly for decades but now just 7% of those surveyed says that they have “quite a lot” or “a great deal” of confidence in the US Congress. In 2013 the figure was at 10%.
In an official statement issued by Gallup, it was said that:
“This is the lowest confidence score Gallup has recorded for any institution – ever. This is also the first time Gallup has ever measured confidence in a major US institution in the single digits.”
The release of the poll’s results comes at a critical time for the country as the congressional elections will take place in November. Many longtime lawmakers are faced with problems at the moment. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is the most recent example as he lost the Republican primary race for Virginia.
Gallup has been surveying US citizens about the Congress ever since 1973. In that year confidence was at 42%.
The phone based survey covered over 1,000 adults and was conducted at the beginning of June. Together with the US Congress, 17 other major US institutions were included.
Out of all the 18, the highest confidence was shown to be in the US military (74%). Next in line were small businesses, police and religious institutions.
What do you think about the results of the poll? Are you losing confidence in the US Congress?