UPDATED: JUNE 10, 2021

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 June 3- June 6, 2021, among 2,200 U.S. adults and has a margin of error of 2 percent.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Less Than Half of Americans Trust the Government: After dipping as low as 39 percent in mid-January, trust in the U.S. government currently stands at 47 percent. Only 43 percent of Americans trust Congress.

The News Media Is the Most Polarizing Institution: In the latest survey, 63 percent of Democrats say they trust the news media, and only 20 percent of Republicans say the same.

Democrats and Republicans Have Similar Levels in 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, 45 percent of Democrats and 39 percent of Republicans trust corporate America.

Less Than Half of Americans Trust the Government
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:

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 in Trust in Corporate America
The share of U.S. adults who trust corporate America either “a lot” or “some”:

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