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Major survey finds record low confidence in government

1 year 7 months 1 week ago March 11, 2015 Mar 11, 2015 Wednesday, March 11 2015 March 11, 2015 1:59 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Emily Swanson

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.

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