Confidence is not the same thing as trust. I may not trust a particular institution to do something (the right thing in my view) but I can still have confidence in the institution as an entity to do some”thing” and do it reliably and well. I do not know how exactly the questions in this survey were worded but to suggest that US influencers have lost confidence in their institutions is to suggest they do not believe these institutions can do anything or do anything well. I highly doubt that is the case. More likely they simply believe these institutions will not do the things they believe are the “right” things or they will do what they believe are the wrong things. In other words they do not trust that the institutions are looking after their interests. This is a very different thing indeed from them believing that the institutions are broken or not functioning as would be the case if they lacked confidence in them.

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