Losing Confidence in Each Other

January 6, 2022

So much research and commentary have focused on the decline of public trust in various institutions—the media, government, police, the justice system. But over the last decade, we have also seen an erosion of the confidence that Americans have in each other. According to the Pew Research Center, only 38 percent of Americans report they are confident that the “American people” will make wise political decisions. This represents a dramatic reversal from the past. In 1964, Gallup found that over three-quarters (77 percent) of Americans had trust and confidence in the wisdom of the American public when it came to making political decisions.

Survey Reports

An illustration of the side profiles of four people. From left to right: a young white man with blond hair, an older Black woman with short, curly Black hair, a young woman with tan skin and black hair with a blue streak, an older man with darker tan skin with curly grey hair and a mustache.

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