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Americans lose confidence in all but the economy

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Confidence in newspapers and TV fell by ten points in the past decade.

What does it mean when Americans have a failing sense of confidence in the very institutions that directly affect their daily lives?

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LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the latest Gallup survey, Americans lack confidence in the schools responsible for the nation's children, religious institutions, banks, Congress and even the news media.

Surprisingly, the survey revealed an increased amount of confidence in the economy and shows they are no longer dissatisfied with national economics.


Gallup found only twenty percent of Americans have confidence in newspapers, which is a 10-point drop in the past decade.

Televised news also went down ten points, leaving a total of 21 percent of Americans who retain confidence in news.

American confidence ratings for ten of 14 institutions have fallen since 2007.


The police, organized religions or churches, the U.S. Supreme Court, public schools, banks, organized labor, the criminal justice system, televised news, newspapers and Congress have seen drops since 2006.

Two institutions, the military and big business, have reported a zero percent change in the past decade but the medical system went up one percent. The presidency also increased, by three percentage points.

Overall confidence is down six points since 2006 but job optimism is up by two percent.

Job market optimism asked whether "now is a good time or a bad time to find a quality job." in 2006, it fell as low as 7 percent but is currently 43 percent.

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