New PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist Poll Explores Civility in Washington, Trust in Institutions

July 3, 2017 at 3:38 PM EDT

**All reference to poll data must source PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist Poll**

WASHINGTON, DC (5am, July 3, 2017) — A new PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist Poll explores trust in institutions demonstrating that Americans broadly believe their country’s political tone has become less civil since Donald Trump was elected president and that fundamental rights are weakening. The poll surveyed 1,205 adults in the U.S. from June 21 – June 25, 2017 and was produced in partnership by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, NPR, and PBS NewsHour.

Toplines from the poll include:

Civility: 7 in 10 Americans think the tone between Republicans and Democrats has gotten worse since Donald Trump was elected President. Currently, only 6 percent believe partisan dissidence has gotten better, and 20 percent think it has stayed the same.

Trust: American trust in the nation’s institutions:

Intelligence Community such as the CIA and the FBI: 60%
The courts: 60%
Trump Administration: 37%
Public opinion polls: 35%
The media: 30%
Congress: 29%

Partisan Divides: More than half of registered Democrats have faith in the media, while just 9 percent of their Republican counterparts trust the press. When it comes to election parity, 72 percent of Republicans compared to 42 percent of Democrats believe elections to be fair. Overall, confidence in Congress is low regardless of party, with just 39 percent of Republicans and 25 percent of Democrats saying they have faith in the legislative branch.

History: 77% of respondents correctly cite Great Britain as the country from which the U.S. declared its independence. 3 in 10 Americans do not know the year in which the U.S. declared its independence.

Topline results, national tables, and nature of sample accessible here.

PBS NewsHour reporting on the NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll:
New poll: 70% of Americans think civility has gotten worse since Trump took office

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