Say “OK boomer” to “OK boomer.”
Members of Gen Z trust their elders more than the police, the government, and even, yes, Hollywood.
A lot more than Hollywood, actually.
Morning Consult surveyed people ages 13-23 in April, May, and June and found that this demographic is losing faith in all major institutions in the United States. In June, 28% of Gen Z found older generations to be trustworthy versus, say, 13% in police and 10% in the U.S. government. Only 4% said the same of Hollywood.
Here’s a breakdown, based on how many of them said they trust various components of our society “a lot”:
- Police—27% in April, 22% in May, and 13% in June
- Healthcare system—30%, 27%, and 17%
- State government—23%, 20%, and 14%
- Military—29%, 25%, and 21%
- Federal government—17%, 13%, and 10%
- Public educational system—21%, 15%, and 14%
- News media—14%, 9%, and 8%
- Local government—22%, 19%, and 16%
- Criminal justice system—15%, 11%, and 9%
- U.S. Congress—15%, 10%, and 9%
- “My elders”—33%, 30%, and 28%
- U.S. Supreme Court—17%, 14%, and 13%
- Big business or companies—10%, 7%, and 7%
- Silicon Valley—7%, 6%, and 5%
- Media—11%, 8%, and 9%
- Wall Street—7%, 4%, and 5%
- Hollywood—5%, 4%, and 4%
“Gen Z has a characteristically widespread distrust of those in power and a sense that the world isn’t fair,” wrote Victoria Sakal, Morning Consult’s managing director of brand intelligence. “Only 5 percent now strongly agree that the world is a fair place; since May, there’s been a 20 percentage point decrease in the share of this generation that trusts people in power to do the right thing given the events of the past few weeks.”