(Gallup) Confidence in U.S. military at lowest point in 20 yrs

The following is from Gallup News.


  • Public confidence in the U.S. military continues to decline
  • Drops seen across party groups, but Republicans remain most confident
  • Independents least likely to express confidence this year

Americans are now less likely to express “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the U.S. military, with a noticeable decline that has persisted for the past five years.

The latest numbers are from a June 1-22 Gallup poll that also captured record lows in public confidence in several public institutions.

At 60%, confidence in the military was last this low in 1997, and it hasn’t been lower since 1988, when 58% were confident.

From the late 1970s to the early 1980s — during the Cold War and amid threats to U.S. power, including the Iran hostage crisis — between 50% and 58% of Americans were confident in the military.

Confidence generally improved during Ronald Reagan’s presidency in the 1980s.

It then surged after the Gulf War victory (to a record-high 85% in 1991) and again after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Confidence generally held above 70% for the next two decades, until dipping to 69% in 2021 and declining further since then, following the poorly executed exit from Afghanistan.

Republican Confidence in Military Slumps

Throughout nearly all of the past 48 years, Republicans have been the most likely to express confidence in the military, and they remain so today — but the rate has declined by over 20 percentage points in three years, from 91% to 68%.

Independents’ confidence has dropped nearly as much — by 13 points, from 68% to 55% — and now independents have less confidence than Democrats do.

While Democrats’ confidence rating did rise after President Joe Biden assumed office, those gains have disappeared in the past year. (Continued…)

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5 thoughts on “(Gallup) Confidence in U.S. military at lowest point in 20 yrs”

  1. “Confidence in U.S. military at lowest point in 20 yrs”

    That’s the glass-is-half-empty perspective. But from the glass-is-half-full perspecitve, they all look simply fabulous in their multi-gender, rainbow-colored fatigues.

    1. Ricardo would say Maaaarvelous, simply Maaaarvelous!

      Several years ago I would advise any high school graduate to consider joining the military before going on to college. It would give them a more worldly perspective and provide some great challenges. The could also get some excellent technical training and some assistance for collge tuition. In fact they could come out of the military with enough college credits to have an associates degree after a 3-4 year stint.
      But that was several years ago and I cannot in good conscience suggest the same today with the WOKE garbage being pushed. now. Unfortunately it is affecting our entire government and society as a very small percentage for social norms upon the majority; and we permit them to do so.

  2. One Observer of Many

    In the last few years, I have known many people who have left the military. They were the ones who originally thought they would make that a lifetime career. Reasons stated are the “woke” policies, the jabs with injuries and poor health “post” those mandates, and wars that have no valid meaning. This is also a reason they will not promote said career path to their children.

    We are in trouble and the gov needs to wake up and make changes to what they are doing. They are decimating the military with their policies and that is a recipe for disaster. You can “try” to force people into it by reinstating the draft, but if I seriously doubt today’s “woke” kids will go for that.

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