Members of Generation Z in the U.S. — those between the ages of 12 and 26 — generally lack trust in political and societal institutions, according to a new study from Gallup and Walton Family Foundation. Among the institutions rated in the survey, youth express the lowest levels of trust in Congress, the news, the presidency and large technology companies, with one in six or fewer reporting they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of trust in each.

Similarly, fewer than one in four Gen Z members trust the information they find on the internet, the U.S. Supreme Court and the criminal justice system. Science garners the most trust, at 71%.

These results are based on the Gallup and Walton Family Foundation-State of American Youth Survey, conducted April 24-May 8, 2023, with a sample of 3,114 U.S. children and adults aged 12 to 26.

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