Nolte: Confidence in U.S. Institutions Hits Glorious New Low

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The latest polling from Gallup shows the American people are waking up to the corruption and rot of our so-called institutions:

Gallup summarizes Americans’ overall confidence in institutions by taking an average of the ratings of the 14 institutions it measures consistently each year — all but small business and large technology companies. This year’s 27% average of U.S. adults expressing “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in those 14 institutions is three points below the prior low from 2014.

Only 27 percent say they have confidence in American institutions, and those 27 percent probably work at one of those institutions.

One thing I like about this poll is its specificity in looking at the media. By breaking the categories into “newspapers” and “television news,” we know this is a specific look at the corporate media. When a pollster asks only about the “media” or “news media,” I always assume people are judging the corporate media as opposed to New Media, but you can never be sure. With Gallup, we can be sure and get this…

Only 16 percent said they have faith in newspapers—down five points from last year.

Gee, I wonder why newspapers are dying?

Wait, it gets better…

Only 11 percent said they have faith in “television news”—down five points from last year.

Gee, I wonder why the TV news can no longer influence public opinion?

There are only two institutions Americans still have majority confidence in.  The top one is small business, with a 68 percent rating. The second is the military at 64 percent, although that’s down five points from last year.

Small business makes sense. Almost every experience we have with a small business is pleasant. The proprietors need their customers and treat them well, bending over backward often. Big business is impersonal, and press two for English.

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR AMERICAN EXPRESS - Shoppers browse holiday gifts in Mission Hills at Maison En Provence on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in San Diego. (Denis Poroy/AP Images for American Express)

File/Shoppers browse holiday gifts in Mission Hills at Maison En Provence on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in San Diego. (Denis Poroy/AP Images)

Gallup did poll “big business” and found the confidence level fell four points to just 14 percent. Big business sucks.

The police went from majority approval last year (51 percent) to 45 percent this year. Maybe harassing Jews for praying during the China Flu while kneeling before the domestic terrorists in Black Lives Matter was a bad PR move?

The public schools fell four points to just 28 percent. Public education should be at zero percent and disbanded.

Congress was already at the bottom at 12 percent last year and is now at just seven percent.

Under His Frauduculency Joe Biden, confidence in the presidency has collapsed almost as badly as the Biden economy, from 38 to 23 percent—which is, by far, the biggest drop over last year. Second place in year-over-year collapse is the Supreme Court, which dropped 11 points, from 36 to 25 percent.

Now I’ll explain one of the primary reasons so many of these institutions have lost the American people’s faith and deserve to lose that faith…

Have you noticed that whenever one of these polls shows a lack of faith in American institutions, the institutions always respond by criticizing the people who don’t trust them, as though we are the problem—you and I?

These corrupt and decrepit institutions never show the courage to change or improve. Instead, they blame us for being “misinformed” or “bigoted,” backward,” “cynical,” or “partisan.” THEY are never the problem. No, WE are the problem.

They are all in a self-dealing denial and refuse to change, so of course, we have no confidence in them.

I believe mistrust in institutions is a healthy thing. Institutions are, by definition, powerful. People should always be wary of power—be it political, financial, and most especially governmental.

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