While employment improves, Gallup Poll shows confidence in government sagging

     (AP Photo/file)

    (AP Photo/file)

    Frank Newport, Editor in Chief of the Gallup Poll, joins NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller to break down the latest jobs numbers, confidence in Congress and stress levels.

    This week, Newport discusses:

    Hiring over the past five months is at its most robust since the late 1990s tech boom — and the announced 6.1 percent unemployment rate last month is at its lowest level since September 2008. Interestingly, its not merely private sector employment that’s up.

    Confidence in the Supreme Court and the other two branches of government is down significantly. Americans confidence in Congress is now the worst in history and the lowest confidence in any institution Gallup has ever measured.

    What’s at the top of the confidence list? The military.

    The difference an adjective makes: Confidence very high in “small” business and very low in “big” business.

    But, there is good news for today in that all of our levels of stress should be down. Why? Because it’s not a work day for most. And we know that stress is highest on weekdays — particularly Tuesday and Thursdays.

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