A recent Harris Poll reveals that of all major institutions, the American public most trusts the leaders of the military (47% have "a great deal" of trust in military leaders). Doctors like me come in at only about 31%, and I have to say I feel good about being close to the Supremes (at 33%), or at least the Supremes as constituted since the appointments of Roberts and Alito. And I positively gloat at lording it over Congress, which has fallen from 16% to a miserable 10%.
The White House has also fallen six points, from 31% to 25%. As bad as our beleaguered President Bush might feel, he could be doing worse! He could be down there with Congress and the law firms; the latter also come in at 10% (draw your own conclusions).
The press holds firm at 14%. They appear to have bottomed out, but time will tell.
Somehow, I feel heartened that the public's trust in organized religion has risen from 27 to 30%, and is at its highest level since 1975, when the public was on the verge of electing a Georgia peanut farmer who admitted to having committed adultery "in his heart."
Again, draw your own conclusions. But I find it remarkable that after six years of President Bush, who wears his religion on his sleeve and who (to me, at least) seems to do so without dissembling, the public's trust in organized religion is again on the upswing.