Highs and Lows of 2022, US Edition

WASHINGTON, DC – It seems like we’ve been saying this every year since 2020, but this year was different. From a public opinion perspective, it has been one with several important historical ups and downs, as well as other disturbing discoveries about how Americans plan for their future and assess their current condition.

So here it is: our most anticipated and significant shifts in public opinion in the United States this year:

Confidence in US institutions down; Average at new all-time low of 38% Extremely proud to be American Trust in the US Supreme Court falls to an all-time low Americans are less optimistic about the future record of the next generation in the United States. Up to new high of 71% Media trust rating hits record high US endorsement of unions at highest level since 1965 Belief in God in US drops to 81%, new lower

With a few exceptions, it hasn’t been a year full of news to particularly celebrate. With the challenges listed above (it wasn’t easy to narrow it down to just 10), American public opinion has never been more crucial to study and track.

Whether it’s ongoing political changes that shatter the status quo, unique economic challenges related to inflation, or public bitterness towards government and institutions, 2023 promises to to be a year full of turning points in public opinion. Our team will be there to address them for you.

From all of us at Gallup, thank you for being a Gallup News reader and Happy New Year!

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Mohamed Younis is the editor of Gallup.

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