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Trust the Federal Government 1958-2008
PERCENT AMONG DEMOGRAPHIC GROUPS WHO RESPONDED :      'Some of the Time/ None of the Time'


  % OF GROUP: '58 '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08
Males 23 ** ** 19 30 38 44 45 59 63 66 73 63 56 61 56 73 71 78 65 57 56 43 54 71
Females 24 ** ** 24 31 36 45 45 63 64 69 73 66 52 59 60 69 69 77 69 62 55 46 53 68
  '58 '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08
Whites 23 ** ** 22 31 37 43 43 60 63 68 73 64 53 57 56 71 71 79 68 61 54 42 50 70
Blacks 31 ** ** 22 27 36 59 65 78 71 65 72 70 61 75 74 76 72 77 65 64 67 59 66 72
  '58 '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08
Grade Sch./Some High Sch. 32 ** ** 30 33 43 53 54 70 66 61 66 60 49 65 66 68 59 63 64 58 53 36 53 57
High School Diploma 22 ** ** 20 30 35 42 45 63 66 71 72 67 56 59 59 70 70 76 65 60 57 44 50 71
Some College, no Degree 16 ** ** 18 29 38 41 38 52 61 67 74 65 53 61 57 70 70 79 68 62 57 46 52 68
College Degree/ Post-grad 16 ** ** 20 33 29 40 39 57 55 61 78 60 54 57 54 75 74 84 69 56 53 47 60 69
  '58 '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08
Income 0-16 Percentile 35 ** ** 29 33 42 52 50 61 60 67 67 69 57 66 67 64 69 68 56 57 56 ** 54 64
Income 17-33 Percentile 25 ** ** 22 32 35 55 50 73 65 68 73 66 55 60 62 72 66 78 63 57 55 ** 52 72
Income 34-67 Percentile 21 ** ** 21 29 39 44 47 58 63 69 73 66 55 60 57 70 74 77 71 62 63 ** 49 71
Income 68-95 Percentile 18 ** ** 20 31 32 37 37 60 63 65 77 62 52 53 52 71 68 81 68 60 50 ** 54 74
Income 96-100 Percentile 22 ** ** 14 28 32 42 33 59 65 68 81 60 55 56 56 79 76 88 71 61 54 ** 62 57
  '58 '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08
Professionals 21 ** ** 17 ** 34 38 38 54 60 65 76 62 52 58 55 72 70 81 70 59 51 ** 64 **
White Collar 18 ** ** 20 ** 32 44 40 58 58 67 77 64 56 54 55 68 72 82 69 58 56 ** 48 **
Blue Collar 26 ** ** 23 ** 40 48 50 67 68 68 72 68 56 64 63 73 71 77 66 61 59 ** 48 **
Unskilled 35 ** ** 13 ** 30 79 66 70 68 63 57 46 67 69 67 68 74 65 57 65 57 ** 70 **
Farmers 32 ** ** 28 ** 45 54 45 64 61 71 77 59 58 72 55 68 62 60 52 41 53 ** 54 **
Housewives 22 ** ** 25 ** 36 42 44 63 63 72 73 67 48 55 58 68 65 77 70 69 56 ** 41 **
  '58 '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08
Union Households 25 ** ** 19 31 32 45 47 65 67 69 74 64 59 60 57 72 71 76 68 57 56 40 52 77
Non-Union Households 23 ** ** 23 31 38 44 44 60 62 67 73 65 53 60 59 70 70 78 67 60 55 45 54 68
  '58 '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08
South 28 ** ** 25 33 40 48 47 64 63 64 72 61 54 61 61 67 66 75 62 56 61 48 53 69
Nonsouth 22 ** ** 21 30 35 43 44 61 63 69 73 66 54 59 57 72 72 78 70 61 53 43 54 70
  '58 '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08
Born 1991 or later ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 67
Born 1975-1990 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 46 64 53 53 59 48 59 74
Born 1959-1974 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 64 61 58 55 63 59 66 72 77 72 55 61 48 54 65
Born 1943-1958 ** ** ** 19 19 31 41 42 55 62 66 76 67 51 62 59 75 70 82 67 63 57 41 50 72
Born 1927-1942 22 ** ** 19 26 27 40 44 64 66 69 77 66 60 56 55 70 68 78 65 62 48 42 52 63
Born 1911-1926 20 ** ** 22 33 41 45 46 68 63 69 73 61 55 56 56 73 70 70 60 63 43 36 46 **
Born 1895-1910 27 ** ** 26 35 48 53 51 63 65 69 62 67 50 59 68 58 63 79 76 72 50 0 ** **
Born before 1895 29 ** ** 21 39 35 47 45 55 50 54 67 50 100 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **
  '58 '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08
Democrats (incl leaners) 26 ** ** 19 26 33 47 51 62 68 64 68 67 59 67 64 74 71 74 61 54 52 50 65 67
Independents 25 ** ** 27 28 49 51 45 67 65 69 75 67 47 65 62 67 78 79 76 66 58 54 59 73
Republicans (incl leaners) 18 ** ** 27 40 39 37 36 58 56 74 79 60 50 47 51 68 67 81 72 65 59 38 39 72
  '58 '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08
Liberals ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 54 59 67 62 70 67 58 70 61 73 74 78 64 58 52 48 69 65
Moderates ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 42 61 63 72 72 64 55 55 58 70 69 75 67 57 47 38 56 66
Conservatives ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 37 63 60 71 82 66 53 55 56 73 71 82 71 61 58 42 43 73

    ___   (underline) indicates 50 or fewer total respondents within group
    **     indicates question not asked or no cases within group
          2008 NOTE: open-ended coding of occupation is not yet complete.
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Table 5A.1.1
Source: The American National Election Studies
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NOTE: variable used for race grouping has changed. See Table 1A.3

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