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Four industries in Gallup's annual rating of 25 business sectors are at new lows of popularity with Americans this year, and all four are in the information business.
Of 25 key U.S. business sectors, Americans' views of nine have worsened significantly, largely because of Republicans' decreased positivity.
Americans have increasingly abandoned traditional values norms and are increasingly critical of major societal institutions, raising questions about the future.
Americans' average confidence in major U.S. institutions has edged down after a modest increase last year.
Worldwide, Gallup surveys show the medical community was on relatively strong footing before the coronavirus pandemic hit: A record 65% of people in 2019 were satisfied with the availability of quality healthcare where they live.
A slim majority of Americans support Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, and 46% oppose it.
The government is seen as the top problem facing the nation, but views on what should be done to fix it resist simple categorization.
A small majority of Americans say they are "very" (19%) or "somewhat confident" (40%) that votes in the upcoming presidential election will be accurately cast and counted throughout the country, matching a low Gallup recorded in 2008.
Americans' levels of trust in various aspects of the federal government are near all-time lows. Trust in the judicial branch and trust in state and local governments are relative bright spots.
A plurality of Americans (42%) say the ideological makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court is "about right," while about one in three (32%) say the high court is "too conservative" and 23% say it is "too liberal."
While 56% of White adults in the U.S. say they are confident in the police, far fewer Black adults (19%) say the same. The police elicit the largest racial gap in confidence among 16 institutions tested.