Americans becoming more wary

Confidence in many established institutions dropping like a rock

Trust in banks, organized religion, news media, and congress fell significantly during the past decade, according to this recent Gallup survey.

The report reveals Americans clearly lack confidence in the institutions that affect their daily lives: the schools responsible for educating the nation’s children; the houses of worship that are expected to provide spiritual guidance; the banks that are supposed to protect Americans’ earnings; the U.S. Congress elected to represent the nation’s interests; the news media that claims it exists to keep them informed and the judiciary which is supposed to render unbiased decisions. The U.S. military remains held in high regard as does law enforcement and big business.

 The nearly across-the-board decline in trustworthiness of these previously solidly respected institutions has given rise to an increasingly jaundiced view, culminating in higher levels of distrust.


Seeing Red AZ is conducting our own poll, with this two-pronged question: Where has your level of confidence fallen most significantly, and why? We’re also interested in our reader’s solutions.


8 Responses to Americans becoming more wary

  1. greenvalleygal says:

    Confidence in the presidency +3 and medical systems +1? That is unsettling. Especially since recent statistics show medical errors the third leading cause of death.

  2. Tucson GOP says:

    Thinking, connected and aware Americans are fed up with the status quo of open borders and Black lives matter thugs diminishing the efforts of the police, while stoking the fires of racism. Under the Obama regime Americans are being acculturated to believe that the only racism that exists in among whites, when exactly the opposite is true. Republican President Lincoln freed the slaves. Republicans in congress passed desegregation against opposition from Democrats. Minorities and women are graduating college in record numbers. The only thing holding people of any background back is their own lack of determination.

    This article form Human Events magazine provides truth and enlightenment. It’s titled, “Why Martin Luther King was a Republican.”

  3. jakesez says:

    I have lost what little confidence I had in the news media and our political representatives. I have lost my ability to let the little things pass. Everything now is seen as proof of another betrayal. It took a long time to trust FOX news, however, now I feel that even they are agenda driven. It seems that everyone in the media is trying to appease one group or another. Political correctness is a scourge and the media and the politicians take us for idiots. Unfortunately, in some instances they are correct.

    I volunteer my time and money to assist a person whom I feel will represent us and stay within the boundaries drawn during the time prior to the elections. It seems that power is a force unto itself. The more power involved, the more corruption it causes. Term limits might help.

    • sleepergirl says:

      What will most help is an Article V Convention of States starting with term limits for Congress and SCOTUS! There are numerous other reforms needed to restore the order and Constitutional republic we began with in the US.

      I hardly watch Fox news at all when I used to be a news junkie. I find I get keep well informed with internet news sites and am often ahead of items later reported on TV.

  4. Frankly Speaking says:

    The fact that Donald Trump has surged to the top of the Republican ticket in a 17-person primary speaks to the issue of the ire so many Americans feel about the policies of not only the Obama administration, but also the acquiescence of so-called Republicans like John McCain and Jeff Flake in pushing amnesty for the hordes of illegals invading the USA. Their “Gang of 8” was filled with the most liberal Democrats in the Senate and limp wristed Republicrats. It was a definitely a factor in Marco Rubio, a member of this amnesty clan, losing traction and dropping out as a presidential contender. We must secure our border and put a halt to any further immigration, especially from Muslim dominated nations that advocate terrorism against our American freedoms.

  5. Conservative Since Birth says:

    I’m wondering about the FBI and especially James Comey, who went into the Obama administration highly recommended by conservatives. It looks like he went to the dark side. like Chief Justice Roberts, stalling and explaining why “nothing’s been done” on Hillary’s emails and now the Muslim murderer in Orlando. He also calls it ISIL, like only those in the administration do. It looks like he might disappoint the American people and true justice will not be served.

  6. Saguaro Sam says:

    In general, I have lost confidence in the human race. It seems that we are only “social” while on social media—and even then, it is often not even civil.

    While so many groups and organizations have been working with zeal to disassemble our great nation, most citizens are only concerned about what is going on in their own little bubble.

    It is apparent that the media no longer reports or investigates; rather, they now choose to editorialize or speculate or preach. There was more than enough information on Obama to have caused concern from the time he announced his run for the WH. There was no vetting; no questions from the MSM. He has stated, years ago, that he will stand with Muslims should the political tides turn in an ugly direction.

    Washington is no longer for US. Today, the Director of the Dept. of Homeland Security, while standing next to Obama at the podium, stated that–as of now–the gun control issue lies within the authority of Homeland Security. Please note that Mr. Jeh Johnson, in an interview last year on FOX, referred to Islam as his religion and “my religion”. Get it now? And still, the media is silent, complicit.

    Just today (Flag Day, June 14) the Speaker of the US House, Paul Ryan, stated that “Muslims are our partners. . . ” and doubling down with statements that immigration will continue along the current path.

    When I read the story about the beagle who rescued his sleeping family by barking without ceasing as their house was engulfed in flames, or the story of the 16 year old golden retriever who spent 15 years doing search and rescue operations (including 9-11-01 and many hurricanes), I have to wonder about the word “animals”.

    We are allowing our humanity to slip away.

    Christians and Jews are being held captive and even killed, with regularity, around the world. And the MSM relegates it to a “non-story” category. There are groups that insist on re-visiting slavery that was once tolerated in this country. But these same groups say nothing about the women and girls who are being held in slavery by barbarians and those involved in the sex trade around the world.

    My church and its leader, the man Francis, has done its very best to turn me away with its blatant disregard for the doctrine and for its faithful.

    I will keep in mind what John Adams wrote in a letter to his wife:
    “. . . But I must submit all my hopes and fears to an overruling Providence; in which, unfashionable as the Faith may be, I firmly believe.”. . .

    If you are so inclined, please pray to God for Mercy.
    There is no time like the present.
    Mortal men will always disappoint and destroy.


  7. Hunter says:

    I’m surprised the newspapers and TV news haven’t fallen farther. Anyone who has personal knowledge of an event reported by the newspapers or TV news can see first hand the inaccuracy of the reports. Sometimes they are accurate, but there are usually mistakes. They might be minor in some instances, but there is usually at least one noticeable mistake. That doesn’t even count the left wing bias that is usually also distorting the news stories.

    Why anyone would think that news stories about things they have no personal knowledge about would be more accurate than those they do have personal knowledge about is beyond me? The fact that some people do either means many people do not have personal knowledge of any events reported in news stories or they have extremely short attention spans. It reminds me of a Simpson’s episode where Homer is shocked that he is being smeared by a sensationalist TV show, but then totally believes the next story that show covers about someone else – ignoring his daughter, Lisa, when she points out that the story about Homer was wrong and this new story might be wrong, too.

    I regard news stories as an indication of what happened, but I don’t trust them to be accurate. There is too much ignorance, arrogance, time pressure, and political bias in news organizations to fully trust their reports.