UPDATED: APRIL 8, 2020

Tracking Trust in U.S. Institutions
A weekly look at how Americans trust in major institutions is shifting

On a weekly basis, Morning Consult is tracking how much trust Americans have in 18 major institutions, from Congress to Hollywood. This dataset provides real-time insight into how the nature of trust is shifting in the country. 

The charts display the share of U.S. adults who answered that they have “a lot” or “some” trust in specific institutions within the U.S.. The latest results are based on a survey conducted April 1-3, 2021, among 2,200 U.S. adults and has a margin of error of 2 percent.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Democrats and Republicans Have Similar Levels of Trust in Corporate America: In mid-October, there was a 17-point gap between Republicans (53 percent) and Democrats (36 percent) when it came to trust in corporate America. In the latest survey, 44 percent of Democrats and 42 percent of Republicans say they trust Corporate America, only a 2-point gap.

Congress Is the Least Trusted Governmental Institution: Fewer than half of U.S adults have at least “some” trust in the U.S. Congress. After dipping as low as 39 percent on Jan. 17, this week, 49 percent of U.S. adults say they trust the U.S. government. 

The News Media Is the Most Polarizing Institution: The 43-point gap in trust between Democrats and Republicans in the news media is the largest and growing, with 64 percent of Democrats and only 21 percent of Republicans placing trust in the news media. There is also a 31-point gap in trust for the U.S. government and 27-point gap for Congress.

The Military and the Scientific Community Are Among the Most Trusted Institutions by Americans: 75 percent of Americans trust the military, and 72 percent trust the scientific community.

Congress is the Least Trusted Governmental Institution
The share of U.S. adults who trust each of the following either “a lot” or “some”:

The News Media is the Most Polarizing Institution
The share of U.S. adults who trust the following either “a lot” or “some,” ordered by largest difference between Democratic and Republican trust:

Post-Election, Democrats Trust in the Government Grew Rapidly
The share of U.S. adults who trust the U.S government either “a lot” or “some”:

The Military and the Scientific Community are Among the Most Trusted Institutions by Americans
The share of U.S. adults who trust the following either “a lot” or “some”:

Less Than Half of Americans Have Trust in Major Corporate Institutions
The share of U.S. adults who trust the following either “a lot” or “some”:

Democrats and Republicans Have Similar Levels of Trust in Corporate America
The share of U.S. adults who trust Corporate America either “a lot” or “some”:

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