Confidence In US Military His 20-Year Low, No Longer Highest Among G7 Nations

Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Eric Bullen, of Westborough, Mass., left, holds an American flag as U.S. Army veteran Ian Ryan, of Dennis, Mass., front right, rolls up an OutVets banner after marching with a group representing LGBT military veterans in a Veterans Day parade, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in Boston. It was the first time a group representing LGBT military veterans marched in the parade. OutVets is a recently-formed nonpartisan and nonpolitical group based in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Americans’ confidence in their military has hit a nearly 20-year low, knocking the United States out of its usual top position among Group of Seven countries when it comes to positive sentiment toward the armed forces, a new poll found.

With a confidence rating of 81% of those polled in 2023, the U.S. now stands behind France and the United Kingdom, according to a Gallup survey released Wednesday. Drops in public confidence also were seen in other U.S. government institutions, such as the judiciary.

“For the first time in almost two decades of polling, the United States now lags behind most of the other leading industrialized nations in the G7 across a range of Gallup indicators,” the pollster said in a statement.

Americans’ confidence in their military has stood out among the G-7 since the survey topic was launched in 2006, according to Gallup, which did not specify when the poll was conducted, how many people were surveyed or what the margin of error was.

But France now holds the top spot, at 86%, with the U.K. close behind at 83%. Germany was at the bottom of the G-7 pack, with only 60% having confidence in the country’s military.

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