The NYT today reports on recent polls and surveys from Roper, Harris, and the Pew Research Center to find that nobody here (US) trusts any of their institutions anymore – not their companies , not their government, not their courts, not their media, and not their unions.
Check out the numbers in the chart – it’s somewhat frightening.
Animosity toward big company executives is especially rampant – with 72% of those being polled in Roper poll feeling that “wrongdoing was widespread in industry” – up from 66% last year.
One of the many reasons listed in the article is “Technology has given the angry voices a more public outlet. The blogosphere is rife with postings castigating Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart and other big companies, citing everything from unfair labor practices to dangerous smokestack emissions.” – hmmm, isn’t that mixing up cause and effect?
Wouldn’t it have more to do with the fact that people increasingly feel lied to – both by the companies they buy from and by the government they “elected”? And that excesses in both corporate and government behavior are slowly eroding the middle class – which not only made this country so powerful – but which leads to an unhealthy polarization of everything?