Americans have mixed views of the job performance of those who hold positions of power and responsibility in eight major U.S. groups and institutions. A key element in shaping these views is their sense of whether members of these groups act ethically and hold themselves accountable for their mistakes, according to a new survey.
Partisans have different levels of confidence when it comes to the type of personnel who hold government jobs – presidential appointees or career employees.
Three-quarters of Republicans have a favorable opinion of the Supreme Court, compared with only about half of Democrats.
Americans believe trust has declined in the U.S., whether it involves citizens’ faith in each other or their confidence in the government.
Negative views of technology companies’ impact on the country have nearly doubled since 2015, from 17% to 33%.
Americans say the public’s trust has been declining in both the federal government and in their fellow citizens. But most say this can be turned around.
Republicans are less likely than Democrats to see colleges and K-12 public schools as open to a range of viewpoints.
Many South Africans are dissatisfied with the state of their democracy. Confidence in some civic institutions declined from 1990 to 2013.
Dissatisfaction with democracy is correlated with views on economic conditions, whether key democratic norms are being respected and other issues.
There are partisan divisions over certain aspects of local news reporting, including whether local journalists should express views on local issues.