According to the results from a new Gallup Poll, the number of Americans who have “confidence” in Congress is at an all-time low. This makes the 113th Congress the least-trusted American institution on record. The poll found that just 10 percent of Americans have confidence in Congress, which is down 3 percent from 2012. This finding caps a long-term trend dating back to the 1970s. Gallup reports that the 10 percent rating is the lowest for any institution it has measured since 1973. Interestingly, Democrats, Republicans and Independents all rate Congress just about the same. That should send a message to the leaders in both parties.
Not surprising was the findings that the military and small businesses fared the best in the Gallup Poll. The military was at 76 percent favorable, with small business at 65 percent. Interestingly, big business was at 22 percent favorable. That should also send a strong message to the bosses in Corporate America and to members of Congress who carry water for them in our nation’s capitol.
Health maintenance organizations (HMOs) are the only institution that even approaches Congress’s low numbers. The polls found that 31 percent say they have “little or no confidence” in HMOs. I have to wonder, however, if the poll revealed how many ordinary folks really know what an HMO is and what they actually do. In any event, when compared to the feelings about Congress, the HMOs are in much better standing with the American people.
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