For the 2006 survey, 47% of Americans said they had "a great deal of confidence" in the military, but in 2005 & 2004 62% of Americans agreed, and in 2003, 71% agreed.
And there are some other interesting numbers that don't bode well for America. Here are the percentages of Americans saying they had "a great deal of confidence" in other institutions:
Supreme Court - 33%, down from 41% in 2002
White House - 25% down from 50% in 2002
Public Schools - 22%
Courts & the Justice System - 21%
TV News - 19%
The Press - 14%
Congress - 10%
So, what's the deal here? The easy answer is that the military is slipping because of negative press coverage and one-sided coverage of events in Iraq. However, if only 14%-19% of Americans have confidence in the media, should press coverage really be having that much of an effect?