Special Report

Most and Least Trusted Institutions in America

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1. Congress
> Population with high-confidence in the institution: 13% of adults

Trust in Congress tends to rise and fall depending on one thing above all else: the perception of gridlock. When Congress is viewed as helping average people, it’s viewed more favorably. When Congress passed the $900 billion Covid-19 pandemic relief package in December, its public approval shot up. But such bursts of approval are short lived, and according to this Gallup survey, federal lawmakers are the least trusted group of these 16 institutions.