Trusting the military
Americans have less confidence in religious and political leaders, but trust the military, say pollsters.
. . . in 2002, Americans who expressed a great deal or a lot of confidence in the military rose, to 79 percent from 58 in 1975.
People born in 1952 have the least trust in the military. We turned 16 in 1968, and I do mean we. Baby-boomers’ children and grandchildren show the most trust.
A poll by the Harvard Institute of Politics, based on interviews with 1,200 college undergraduates last month, found that 75 percent said they trusted the military “to do the right thing” either “all of the time” or “most of the time.” Two-thirds of the students said they supported the Iraq war. Hawks outnumbered doves more than 2 to 1.
In contrast, in 1975, 20 percent of people ages 18 to 29 said they had a great deal of confidence in those who ran the military, a Harris Poll found.
One professor says all that stress on teamwork, cooperation and service in school has bred a pro-military generation. I credit Osama bin Laden.