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Published:October 25th, 2010 13:01 EST

Poll Shows High Public Confidence in Military

By SOP newswire3

By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2010 " Americans have more confidence in the military than they have in banks, the media, public schools and organized religion, according to a recent national poll.


More than 1,000 adults answered questions about their confidence in 18 U.S. institutions -- including the military -- for the Associated Press-National Constitution Center poll, conducted in August by market-research firm GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications.

In the poll, respondents had more confidence in the U.S. military than in Congress; state, federal and local governments; the Supreme Court; and print, broadcast and online news.

On the question of measuring confidence in the military, 13 percent of respondents were extremely confident, " 30 percent were very confident, " and 43 percent were somewhat confident." Only 13 percent were not too confident " or not confident at all, and 1 percent didn`t know. "

This poll agrees with the results of two recent annual polls - " from Gallup in Washington and Harris Interactive in New York "- that also show high levels of confidence in the U.S. military.

In the July Gallup survey, 76 percent of people queried said they had a great deal " or quite a lot " of confidence in the military.

The February Harris poll showed 59 percent had a great deal of confidence " in the people in charge of running " the military.