Major survey finds record low confidence in government
WASHINGTON - A major survey finds Americans' confidence in all three branches of government is at or near record lows.
The 2014 General Social Survey finds only 23 percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the Supreme Court, 11 percent in the executive branch and 5 percent in Congress.
By contrast, half have a great deal of confidence in the military.
The survey has measured public attitudes on these questions for 40 years.
The 11 percent who they're confident in the presidency approaches a record low measured by the same survey in 1996, when just 10 percent said they had a great deal of confidence in the executive branch. The 44 percent who now say they have hardly any confidence at all is at a record high.