Distrustful America

Distrustful AmericaAccording to the 2014 General Social Survey published by “NORC at the University of Chicago” (formerly known as the National Opinion Research Center), we have so little confidence in traditional institutions that Americans should be wrestling over a pistol.

Americans doubt the U. S. Supreme Court, distrust the President, disbelieve the Media, mistrust financial institutions and “smell a rat” called Congress. The Military wins the Loving Cup for a so-so rating.

Founded in 1941, NORC has conducted 30 General Social Surveys since 1972, completing the latest in 2014 and releasing the results in March 2015. The General Social Survey uses a wide-ranging set of questions in person-to-person interviews with thousands of Americans to identify and track social trends. NORC’s longevity, nonpartisanship, systematic surveys and comprehensive questions have made it a reliable source.

The 2014 General Social Survey was administered from March 31, 2014 through October 11, 2014 to 2,538 American adults. In addition, the General Social Survey 1972-2014 Cumulative File was used to compare American attitudes about major institutions for the past 40 years. Both the 2014 General Social Survey results and the 1972-2014 Cumulative File can be accessed here:

Very briefly, the percentages of Americans having a great deal of confidence: approximately 50% have a great deal of confidence in the Military; 23% in the Supreme Court; 18% in major corporations; 15% in financial institutions; 11% in the President; 10% in labor unions; 7% in the Media; and a whopping 5% have a great deal of confidence in Congress.

On the flip side, the percentages of Americans having hardly any confidence at all: 50+% have hardly any confidence at all in Congress; 44% in the President; and 20% in the U. S. Supreme Court.

Comparing the 2014 survey to the 1972-2014 Cumulative File, confidence in the federal government’s 3 branches, the media and financial institutions is at or near an all-time low.

The survey results are fascinating but I recommend ingesting them with alcohol.

By Kathy Catanzarite

Source: Kathy Catanzarite – Staff Writer

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