The 2006 Gallup poll results on public confidence are in and the military is again at the top of the list.
Seventy-three percent of Americans polled from June 1-4, 2006, said they have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the military, according to Gallup poll writer Lydia Saad.
After the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001, military confidence soared 13 percent above the previous year. In that 2002 poll, 79 percent of respondents said they had a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the military.
The following year saw an increase to 82 percent of Americans having high confidence in the nation’s military. In 2004, the percentage dropped to 75 percent and last year’s confidence measurement fell one percent, but remained at the top of the polls as the institution in which Americans place their highest confidence.
The military surpassed the police and organized religion, the next highest ranking organizations, by 15 percent. The police and organized religion are the only other institutions rated in the poll that earned a high confidence rating from Americans, according to Saad.
Fifty-eight percent of respondents placed high confidence in the police, compared to the 67 percent who said they had high confidence last year. Fifty-two percent of respondents said church organizations have earned a high degree of confidence, falling only one percent from last year.
The Gallup poll results indicated that HMOs, big business and Congress earned the least amount of confidence with the American public this year.
Congress earned a confidence rating of 19 percent, while big business earned a confidence rating of 18 percent. In the 2005 poll, Congress and big business were tied at 22 percent.
The institutions with the lowest level of public confidence according to this years Gallup poll were Health Management Organizations. Fifteen percent of Americans polled said they had confidence in our nations HMOs, a drop of two percent from last year’s poll.