At a time when too many of our institutions have let us down, they exceed all expectations
Journalist Chris Hayes argues that confidence in our institutions has suffered unprecedented erosion.
For more than 35 years, Gallup has polled Americans about levels of trust in their institutions — Congress, banks, Big Business, public schools, etc. In 2008 nearly every single institution was at an all-time low. Banks were trusted by just 32% of the populace, down from more than 50% in 2004. Newspapers were down to 24%, from slightly below 40% at the start of the decade. And Congress was the least trusted institution of all, with only 12% of Americans expressing confidence in it.
Obama is anchoring his message to the one institution which still maintains some degree of bipartisan respect, the US military apparatus.
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