Sep 17

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Americans have little faith in Congress + 16 more facts

Posted 3 years, 7 months ago.


Teaming up with the Associated Press, The National Constitution Center has surveyed over 1,000 U.S. adults to help gauge the current civic mindset of the country for Constitution Day. The results are in, and it doesn’t look good for Congress, banks and major corporations.

However, the country was largely in agreement over universal healthcare, the size of government and individual rights.

“On Constitution Day we can celebrate that, even as partisan debates rage around hot-button issues, most Americans still share a vision of a more perfect Union formed under the framework of our nation’s most cherished document,” said National Constitution Center President and CEO David Eisner in a press release.

The numbers:

43% are confident in the military.

7% are confident in banks.

26% have no confidence at all in Congress, the highest no-confidence read of any institution tested.

7 in 10 back the rights of the individual over the whims of the majority, and say even offensive speech should be a constitutional right.

Three-quarters oppose shifting more power to the president even if it would help improve the economy.

58% say same-sex couples should be entitled to the same government benefits as married couples of the opposite sex.

52% says the government should give legal recognition to same-sex marriages.

45% say that the government is doing a good job making America a better place – new high and the only measure on which a positive shift is apparent.

Over eight in 10 say the federal government should not have the power to require all Americans to buy health insurance and pay a fine if they do not.
If you’re interested, complete poll results are available on the AP’s Website (PDF link).