Not feeling particularly high on Congress? Join the crowd. A Gallup poll conducted July 8-11 has public confidence in Congress down to 11 percent, the lowest score in its "Confidence in Institutions" survey since 1973.
The other institution that took a hit was the presidency. In June 2009, 51 percent had a great deal or a lot of confidence in the presidency, a number that has now fallen to 36 percent.
Ranked at the top of the list of institutions that do command high confidence are the military (76 percent), small business (66 percent), the police (59 percent), the church or organized religion (48 percent) and the medical system (40 percent).