In its annual survey on “Confidence in Institutions,” Gallup found that only 20% of Americans had a “great deal/quite a lot” of confidence in television news and only 23% had such confidence in newspapers. 

In its 2018 survey, the polling firm asked, “Now I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one — a great deal, quite a lot, some or very little?”

The military pulled in the highest number, with 74% of Americans saying they had a “great deal/quite a lot” of confidence in the institution. Small business came in second with 67%, and the police came in third with 54%.

At the bottom of the list was Congress — only 11% said they had a “great deal/quite a lot” of confidence in the institution.

Next was television news at 20%. Criminal justice was next with 22% and then newspapers at 23%.

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