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Trust the Federal Government 1958-2008
PERCENT AMONG DEMOGRAPHIC GROUPS WHO RESPONDED :      'Most of the Time/ Just About Always'


  % 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 75 ** ** 80 66 62 55 54 39 35 32 26 35 43 38 43 26 28 21 35 43 43 57 46 29
Females 71 ** ** 74 64 61 53 52 34 32 27 25 31 45 39 39 29 30 22 31 37 44 54 47 32
  '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 74 ** ** 77 65 61 55 55 38 35 29 25 34 46 42 43 27 28 20 32 38 46 58 50 30
Blacks 62 ** ** 76 64 62 39 31 18 22 29 26 26 32 21 25 22 27 22 35 36 32 41 34 28
  '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. 61 ** ** 67 60 53 43 41 25 25 27 27 30 41 27 30 27 37 32 34 41 46 64 40 39
High School Diploma 76 ** ** 79 67 63 57 53 35 32 26 26 30 43 39 40 29 29 23 35 39 42 56 50 29
Some College, no Degree 84 ** ** 81 69 62 59 60 47 36 32 26 33 46 37 43 30 29 21 32 38 43 54 48 32
College Degree/ Post-grad 81 ** ** 79 66 70 60 61 41 43 37 22 40 46 43 46 25 26 16 31 44 47 53 40 31
  '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 57 ** ** 67 56 54 45 46 32 31 26 30 27 38 30 30 31 29 30 44 41 44 ** 45 36
Income 17-33 Percentile 71 ** ** 76 64 63 43 48 25 30 29 25 32 43 38 35 26 33 21 37 43 45 ** 48 28
Income 34-67 Percentile 79 ** ** 78 69 60 55 51 41 35 30 26 32 45 40 43 29 25 23 29 38 37 ** 51 29
Income 68-95 Percentile 80 ** ** 80 67 67 62 62 39 36 33 23 37 47 47 48 29 32 19 32 40 50 ** 46 26
Income 96-100 Percentile 78 ** ** 86 68 66 58 66 40 35 31 19 39 45 44 44 21 24 12 29 39 46 ** 38 42
  '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 76 ** ** 81 ** 65 61 61 45 39 33 24 37 47 41 44 28 30 19 30 41 48 ** 36 **
White Collar 80 ** ** 80 ** 66 56 58 41 39 31 21 34 43 44 45 32 28 17 31 41 44 ** 52 **
Blue Collar 73 ** ** 76 ** 59 51 47 32 29 27 26 29 41 34 36 25 27 22 33 39 41 ** 51 **
Unskilled 63 ** ** 88 ** 70 21 34 30 28 29 39 41 33 27 31 30 26 31 43 35 43 ** 30 **
Farmers 62 ** ** 71 ** 55 41 52 33 31 26 16 32 39 25 45 27 36 36 48 59 47 ** 46 **
Housewives 72 ** ** 73 ** 60 55 53 32 31 24 23 30 50 42 40 29 33 23 30 31 43 ** 59 **
  '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 73 ** ** 80 65 65 52 51 34 31 29 24 34 39 40 42 28 28 24 32 43 43 60 48 23
Non-Union Households 73 ** ** 75 65 60 54 54 37 34 29 26 32 45 38 40 28 29 21 33 39 44 55 46 31
  '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 67 ** ** 73 61 60 51 50 33 32 31 26 35 42 37 38 30 33 23 38 42 39 52 47 31
Nonsouth 75 ** ** 78 66 62 55 54 37 34 28 25 32 45 39 42 27 27 21 30 39 46 57 46 30
  '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 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 33
Born 1975-1990 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 54 33 47 46 41 52 41 26
Born 1959-1974 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 34 36 41 43 36 39 33 27 22 28 45 39 52 45 35
Born 1943-1958 ** ** ** 81 78 69 58 57 43 37 32 23 31 48 37 40 24 30 18 33 37 43 59 49 28
Born 1927-1942 76 ** ** 81 70 71 59 56 35 32 29 23 32 38 41 45 28 30 21 35 38 52 58 48 36
Born 1911-1926 78 ** ** 77 64 58 53 52 31 33 26 24 35 42 42 42 24 28 29 39 35 57 64 53 **
Born 1895-1910 68 ** ** 72 62 50 45 45 32 27 23 32 26 43 35 29 40 30 21 24 28 51 100 ** **
Born before 1895 64 ** ** 74 51 58 46 50 39 34 38 33 50 0 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **
  '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) 71 ** ** 80 71 65 52 47 36 29 33 30 30 39 31 35 25 28 26 39 45 47 50 35 33
Independents 72 ** ** 71 66 48 46 52 29 30 26 20 27 46 32 34 27 20 15 24 32 39 46 39 27
Republicans (incl leaners) 79 ** ** 71 56 59 60 62 40 41 24 20 39 49 52 48 32 33 19 27 35 41 62 61 28
  '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 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 45 40 32 36 30 32 41 29 39 27 26 22 36 41 48 52 30 35
Moderates ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 56 38 36 26 27 35 44 43 42 29 31 25 33 43 53 62 44 34
Conservatives ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 62 36 38 28 18 33 47 45 44 27 29 18 29 38 42 58 57 27

    ___   (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.1.2
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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