A new Gallup survey has revealed that Americans have approximately twice as much confidence in law enforcement personnel — 52 percent — as they do in newspapers — 24 percent — and television news — 21 percent.
The telephone poll was conducted June 2-7 and included Gallup’s newest survey on confidence in U.S. institutions, which it has updated every year since 1993.
According to an article by Jeffrey M. Jones, “Americans’ confidence in most major U.S. institutions remains below the historical average for each one. Only the military (72 percent) and small business (67 percent) — the highest-rated institutions in this year’s poll — are currently rated higher than their historical norms.”
Jones added that confidence in law enforcement organizations fell five percent this year, matching “the low for that institution recorded in the first year it was measured, 1993. In the past year, the police have been a major focus of news coverage in several incidents in which white police officers’ actions resulted in the deaths of black men they were trying to apprehend.