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Poll Shows Americans Have No Confidence in Government Institutions

Confidence in American institutions remains at or near historic lows, according to a new poll by Fox News.

The poll found that 66% of voters surveyed don’t trust the federal government in general, and 64% have no confidence in U.S. Congress. That number is about the same as it was in 2023.

Since 2009, voters’ percentage of “trust” in the federal government have fluctuated between 31% and 42%, with this year at 32%.  

Trust In the Federal Government.

On the breakdown of ages and political party lines shows a major divided between Republican and Democratic voters.

Among voters who are 65 and older, only 45% said they trust the government, while 25% of voters under 30 said the same.

Democrats had a more favorable view, with 52% trusting the government. Conversely, 25% of Independents and only 13% of Republicans felt the same. 

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Trust In Congress

Around 36% of U.S voters had a great deal or some trust in Congress, which was the lowest rating of any government institution in the poll.  

The results showed that 37% of Democrats trust Congress, followed by Republicans (36%), and Independents at 31%.

Jury Trials

While 70% of voters have confidence in jury trials, Democrats (81%), Republicans (61%), and Independents (60%) have faith in juries.


Other than Republicans, a majority of voters polled (59%) said they had confidence in the FBI. Results showed 77% of Democrats and 61% of Independents trust the FBI, but only 39% of Republicans felt confident in the law enforcement agency.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) 

54% of overall voters said they trust the DOJ. 73% of Democrats, was the bigger group, but not with Independents and Republicans. Only 48% of Independents and 36% of Republicans felt positive about the DOJ.

The Supreme Court

Only 50% of voters said they had confidence in the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), and that figure was heavily buoyed by Republicans, where 74% said they have confidence in the SCOTUS. Independents (43%) and only 30% of Democrats trust the court.

The survey noted that prior to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, 70% of voters felt confident the high court.

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