Gallup released the results of a poll taken in early June that measured confidence in sixteen public institutions. The military enjoyed the highest confidence of the public, with 71% confidence, while Congress enjoyed the least confidence with 12%. The military has had the highest public confidence since 1988, except for 1997 when it was edged out by small business. 1988 came after eight years of the Reagan build up of the military. Coincidence?
Oddly enough, confidence in all public institutions has declined since 2004, the year of the last presidential election.