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The Fix
By Philip Bump
June 20, 2014

Gallup released a new poll on Thursday revealing that only seven percent of Americans have any real confidence in Congress. It’s an historic low, and probably one that 93 percent of Americans think is still higher than it should be.

But, then, seven percent of Americans think all sorts of things. Seven percent is, by definition, a minority of the country, but, even so, it’s an interesting group. We skimmed news reports to try and figure out what else set 7 percent of America apart. (We also tried to assess how legitimate the survey behind the numbers appeared to be; that’s the “reliability” metric.)

Seven percent of Americans think the U.S. is winning the war on drugs (Nov 2012. Reliability: High)
Seven percent of Americans are addicted to prescription drugs (Mar 2013. Reliability: Medium)
Seven percent of Americans thought the launch of Healthcare.gov went well (Oct 2013. Reliability: High)
Seven percent of Americans think it’s okay for married people to have affairs (May 2012. Reliability: High)
Seven percent of Americans eat the recommended number of servings of whole-grain foods daily (Reliability: High)

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