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US Military Still Most Respected Institution

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Despite contentious engagements abroad and misconduct allegations domestically, the US military is far and away the most trusted US institution, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

Sitting among a list of ten US institutions, including the federal government, large corporations, and the IRS, 67% of those polled answered that they had “a great deal” or “quite a bit” of confidence in the military. The auto industry came in second place in the survey, at just 29% confidence, and the embattled IRS sat at just 10%.

It should be noted, however, that this 67% confidence figure for the military actually represents a recent decline in support:

But it’s not all good news for the military.  Its number is  down from 76% the last time the question was asked in the poll, in May 2012. And it marks an 18-point drop in confidence since January 2002, several months after the Sept. 11 attacks, when the reading stood at 85%.

The survey results showed a disparity in the decline in military confidence between men and women, with a 6% decrease for men and a 12% decrease in women.