Average Trust in U.S. Institutions Dips Below 50% in December

Updated: Jan. 12, 2023 | By Peyton Shelburne

This chart shows the average share of adults who say they trust 18 major U.S. institutions.

Every week, Morning Consult tracks U.S. adults’ trust in each of 18 major institutions, from Congress to Hollywood. This data set provides real-time insights into how public trust is shifting in the country. The latest results are from a survey conducted January 5-7, 2023, among a representative sample of 2,210 U.S. adults, with an unweighted margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. This page is updated monthly. 

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How Trust in Institutions Has Shifted Over Time

Shares of U.S. adults who report having “some” or “a lot of” trust in the following institutions:

Democrats Are 36-points More Likely Than Republicans to Trust the News Media

Shares of Democrats and Republicans who report having “some” or “a lot of” trust in the following institutions:

 

 

Baby Boomers Are the Most Trusting Generation in Every Government Institution, Except Congress

Shares who report having “some” or “a lot of” trust in the following institutions:

 

 

Less Than 1 in 2 U.S. Adults Trust the U.S. Electoral Process

Shares who report having “some” or “a lot of” trust in the U.S. electoral process

1 in 3 Republicans Trust Congress

Shares who report having “some” or “a lot of” trust in Congress

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Methodology

This tracker is based on a weekly survey that measures U.S. adults’ trust in each of 18 major institutions, from Congress to Hollywood. This dataset provides real-time insights into how public trust is shifting in the country. The latest survey was conducted January 5-7, 2023, among a representative sample of 2,210 U.S. adults, with an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

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