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March 10, 2006
ACCORDING TO A NEW HARRIS POLL, the military is the most trusted institution in American life, followed up by small business. Bringing up the rear:
law firms at 10 percent, Congress at 10 percent, organized labor at 12 percent, major companies at 13 percent and the press at 14 percent.
Anchoring the middle was organized religion at 30 percent, the White House at 25 percent, public schools at 22, the courts and justice system at 21, and television news at 19.
Make of it what you will.
UPDATE: Tom Maguire emails that the poll question actually asks how much "confidence" people have in the institutions, and suggests that's not quite the same as trust. In context, I think it is pretty much the same, but Tom's quibbles are always worth noting.