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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress may be in the doghouse with the American
public, but a new poll suggests that the broader government — especially
the military — gets high marks for keeping the nation safe and secure.
What's more, nearly seven in 10 Americans are trying to make things
better by volunteering, a sign that optimism survives in a nation riled
by partisan policy fights and economic uncertainty.
"It's very healthy because it indicates that although we are annoyed,
skeptical and have less trust than we'd like in our institutions, we
are not hopeless," said David Eisner, president and CEO of the National
Constitution Center, which partnered on the poll with The Associated
Press. "We believe that the bedrock values and principles that we built
our society on are right."
The public's contempt for Congress exceeds that of other American
institutions, including banks, major corporations and the media