Public confidence in the U.S. military has been steadily declining over the past five years, as evidenced by a recent Gallup poll conducted from June 1-22.
The poll reveals a striking drop to 60 percent, a confidence level not seen since 1997, and a record low for several public institutions. A similar downward trend was observed in the late 1970s and early 1980s, during global crises like the Cold War and the Iran hostage situation.
Public faith in the military generally improved during Ronald Reagan’s presidency and peaked at a record-high of 85 percent in 1991, after the victory in the first Gulf War, as well as following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Over the past 48 years, Republicans have consistently shown the highest confidence in the military. However, this year’s Gallup poll data indicates a significant 20 percentage points drop from 91 percent to 68 percent among Republicans in just three years.
Independents also report a substantial decline of 13 points, dropping to 55 percent, resulting in lower confidence levels than Democrats. Although Democrats had initially seen a rise in confidence post-President Joe Biden’s inauguration, these gains have now vanished.