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That has to look grim for folks on Capitol Hill, who are notoriously obsessed with polling. “This is the lowest level of confidence Gallup has found, not only for Congress, but for any institution on record,” the pollsters noted.

By contrast, the military topped the list of most-trusted institutions at 76 percent of those polled. But we guess we have to note that newspapers aren’t so confidence-inspiring, with only 25 percent of respondents people saying they’ve got faith in our ink-stained ranks.

Maybe next year, Gallup could include “oily used car salesmen” on the list, just to help lawmakers save face?

See a breakdown of the polling results here.