A new US poll finds that American public trust in the nation’s legislative body is down to a new all-time low of only 10 percent and the lowest among 16 other major institutions mentioned in the study.
According to the survey study conducted by the prominent Gallup Corporation in early June and released Thursday, the percentage of Americans expressing confidence in US Congress “is the lowest for a trend that dates back to 1973,” when it received its highest approval rating on record, only 42 percent.
This is while the degree of confidence American people have expressed about Congress has consistently been at its lowest points for the past several years and slightly higher in the mid-1980’s and early 2000s.
The divided Congress between the two historically dominant political parties, with Democrats controlling the Senate and Republicans the House, is one of the key reasons for the low levels of confidence rank-and-file Democrats and Republicans express, and is tied to American public frustrations with the institution’s inability to get much done.
Democrats, independents, and Republicans are about equally likely to express low confidence in Congress, Gallop observes, noting that it likely reflects the split control of Congress between the dominant rival parties.
The survey study further found that next to Congress, Americans participating in the poll also expressed their lowest regards for major healthcare providers, organized labor, corporate business, major media outlets and big banks.
The very low public trust in US Congress found it the Gallup study is quite consistent with findings of other survey studies in the past year, measuring people’s confidence in the American legislative branch.