Young Americans have lost faith in most government institutions, according to a new poll conducted by Harvard University. The new poll showed millennials have lost faith in the President, military, Congress, Supreme Court, and the entire federal government. However, the greatest change in numbers came in the youth’s trust in the President and the military. Even more troubling, the poll found that only 24% of those polled will “definitely be voting” in November’s midterm elections. That number has decreased by 10 percent since a similar poll was taken in the Fall of 2013. Millennials, for the purposes of this poll, are described as those people aged 18-29.
Harvard’s poll showed millennials, which the pollsters defined as peopled aged 18 to 29, have lost trust in a variety of different major public institutions including the President, the military, Congress, the Supreme Court, and the federal government as a whole. Of all the institutions tracked by the poll, the President and the military lost the most trust among young Americans with a seven point drop. Overall, the pollsters said the level of trust millennials have in “most American institutions tested in our survey” had dropped below even “last year’s historically low numbers.”
This chart created by the pollsters shows the steep declines in their “composite trust index,” which is the level of trust on average in six different public institutions; the President, the U.S. Military, the Supreme Court, the federal government, and the United Nations. The drop is dramatic:
The pollsters also created this chart showing young peoples’ levels of trust in almost every public institution included in the poll dropping. Wall Street and the United Nations were the only institutions where the percentage of people who said they trusted them “to do the right thing” “all or most of the time” stayed flat: