The US Military ranked highest with more than three-quarters of Americans (78%) saying they think the Armed Forces contribute “a lot” to society. However, members of the Clergy wound up in the middle and Journalists near the bottom with just 28% saying the Press contribute “a lot.” This figure is down 10% from 2009, when 38% of Americans viewed Journalists positively.
On balance, the military is viewed positively by all major social and demographic groups. Men and women are about equally likely to see the military as contributing a lot to society. And there are no significant differences in views on the military’s contribution to society among adults younger and older than age 50 or among those with differing levels of formal schooling.