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U.S. Military Ranks Highest in New Gallup Poll

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The military bested small business and the police to top the list of U.S. institutions in which Americans have the most confidence, according to a June Gallup poll released on Thursday.

The military topped the list with 76 percent of responses indicating there was “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the institution. Small business came in second with 65 percent, followed by police with 57 percent.

The poll, conducted among more than 1,500 adults living in the U.S., asked respondents to rank institutions ranging from media organizations, big business and government branches.

The U.S. Congress received the lowest ever score in the poll — which dates back to 1973 — with ten percent.

The military’s highest scores was in March of 1991 with 85 percent. The military’s lowest score of 50 percent came in November of 1981.