Gallup Poll ➠ Confidence In Police Rates Twice That Of Mainstream Media

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Gallup Poll: Confidence in Police Rates Twice That of Mainstream Media

A new Gallup survey has revealed that Americans have approximately twice as much confidence in law enforcement personnel — 52 percent — as they do in newspapers — 24 percent — and television news — 21 percent.

The telephone poll was conducted June 2-7 and included Gallup’s newest survey on confidence in U.S. institutions, which it has updated every year since 1993.

According to an article by Jeffrey M. Jones, “Americans’ confidence in most major U.S. institutions remains below the historical average for each one. Only the military (72 percent) and small business (67 percent) — the highest-rated institutions in this year’s poll — are currently rated higher than their historical norms.”

Jones added that confidence in law enforcement organizations fell five percent this year, matching “the low for that institution recorded in the first year it was measured, 1993. In the past year, the police have been a major focus of news coverage in several incidents in which white police officers’ actions resulted in the deaths of black men they were trying to apprehend.

In addition, John Nolte, editor-at-large for the website, asserted: “For the most cynical and destructive of political reasons, led by president Obama for more than two years now, the national media has led one dishonest hate campaign after another against American law enforcement.”

“None of this should surprise anyone,” Nolte stated, because “certain members of the police force have been caught doing some truly terrible things, no question. But these are individual incidents in individual precincts.

“On the other hand, time and again and again as an institution,” he indicated, “the mainstream media has been caught red-handed lying, fabricating evidence and engaging in the kind of corruption that would put any other institution (the National Football League, police, the Koch brothers) out of business.”

“Thanks to (the) New Media, the MSM can no longer hide its relentless corruption behind a Narrative Monopoly that ensures the protection of one another,” Nolte stated.

“Day in and day out,” he continued, “the media are being exposed with the truth — even as the media uses mostly lies to attack law enforcement and their enemies on the political right.”

In his article, Jones also noted:

Still, the church and the police rank among the highest-rated institutions, trailing only the military and small business among the 15 institutions tested in this year’s poll.


Further back in history, the church ranked first or tied for first in all but one survey from 1973 through 1988. Since then, the military has been the top-ranked institution each year except 1997, when small business was first.

“Americans’ confidence in most major institutions has been down for many years,” he explained, “as the nation has dealt with prolonged wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a major recession and sluggish economic improvement, and partisan gridlock in Washington.” More

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