Trust in government declines among young adults

Trust in nearly every federal government institution has fallen in the last year among young adults, according to a new poll by Harvard's Institute of Politics. 

The survey of 18-to-29-year-old adults released Tuesday found overall trust in the federal government stands at 20 percent, a 2-point drop since last year. 

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Trust in the presidency and the U.S. military has dropped 7 percent each, the sharpest decline of any other institution since the question was last polled. 

Thirty-two percent of young adults trust the president. The spike in distrust comes from Democrats. Only 53 percent trust the president to do the right thing, a drop of 11 points in a year. Among Independents, trust in the president stands at 23 percent, an 8-point drop. Trust in the president among Republicans remained low at 13 percent. 

While trust in the presidency has declined, President Obama himself has seen a narrow rise in his approval rating among young adults. Forty-seven percent approve of him, a spike of 6 percent since November. 

Trust in the military stands at 47 percent, down from 54 percent last year. 

Only 14 percent of young adults continue to have trust in Congress, down from 18 percent since last year. Trust in the Supreme Court also dropped 4 points, and now stands at 36 percent. 

Another 24 percent of young adults have trust in the National Security Agency. It is the first time Harvard chose to ask the question as the agency has been increasingly visible with revelations about secret surveillance programs revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden last year. 

The poll surveyed 3,058 young adults and has a 1.8 percent margin of error. Interviews were conducted between March 22 and April 4.