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Public confidence in the U.S. armed forces 1975-2020

This statistic shows the levels of confidence that survey respondents in the United States had in the armed forces from 1975 to 2020. In 2020, 72 percent of respondents said they had either a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the military.

Public confidence levels in the United States military from 1975 to 2020

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Release date

August 2020


United States

Survey time period

May 1975 to July 2020

Number of respondents

Approximately 1,000 in each poll

Age group

18-64 years

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

Original question: Now I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one; great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little?

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Statistics on "Armed Forces of the United States"

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