Does the Public Trust the Military?

The survey says, “Yes.”

The military continues to enjoy widespread support across the United States, according to a new survey released by Gallup.

As an institution, the military holds a 73 percent approval rating, unchanged from a decade ago. Since 1975 when Gallup first began tracking such ratings, the military has averaged 67 percent approval.

The majority of Americans surveyed expressed “some” confidence in all institutions but one: Congress. According to Gallup, “Congress has the ignominious distinction of being the only institution sparking little or no confidence in a majority of Americans.” 




“It's not surprising the military gets high marks,” said Col. Steve Strobridge, USAF (Ret). “For the past 15 years we've asked one percent of the population to bear 100 percent of our national wartime sacrifice.”

“We've asked military families to send their loved ones to hostile parts of the world, we've asked them to uproot from their communities every two to three years, we've asked them to do more with less, and they continue to answer the call to serve,” said Strobridge.

Confidence in the military is somewhat lower among people under 30 - but still higher than other institutions.Gallup Poll 2