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Trust in Government Index 1958-2008
AVERAGE AMONG DEMOGRAPHIC GROUPS FOR:      AVERAGE SCORE ON INDEX


  AVG. 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 51 ** ** 52 60 43 39 38 30 31 30 27 32 37 46 35 29 28 26 32 36 36 43 37 25
Females 49 ** ** 51 62 47 40 38 29 30 29 27 31 38 47 33 30 29 26 32 33 37 44 38 27
  '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 49 ** ** 51 60 44 40 39 30 31 29 26 31 38 48 34 28 27 25 31 33 37 44 38 25
Blacks 50 ** ** 57 69 54 33 28 24 27 32 34 33 35 40 30 28 30 31 36 35 35 40 32 26
  '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. 49 ** ** 50 59 41 33 35 26 29 32 27 32 40 44 31 31 34 31 34 38 32 44 35 30
High School Diploma 49 ** ** 53 61 46 41 37 28 29 28 26 32 37 47 33 30 29 27 31 34 36 44 37 25
Some College, no Degree 50 ** ** 50 62 45 42 40 33 31 29 25 28 37 45 34 27 27 24 30 33 35 42 37 24
College Degree/ Post-grad 52 ** ** 52 64 50 41 41 34 35 32 29 34 39 49 37 29 28 26 34 36 40 44 38 29
  '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 49 ** ** 50 58 46 35 37 30 33 30 31 32 38 44 32 32 33 31 38 37 36 ** 37 27
Income 17-33 Percentile 49 ** ** 51 58 43 36 35 22 30 30 26 32 37 47 32 29 29 26 30 36 34 ** 35 25
Income 34-67 Percentile 51 ** ** 53 62 45 38 37 31 30 28 26 30 37 47 33 29 27 26 29 33 35 ** 39 25
Income 68-95 Percentile 50 ** ** 52 63 47 43 40 30 31 30 26 32 38 49 37 30 28 25 32 33 38 ** 39 25
Income 96-100 Percentile 50 ** ** 54 63 45 43 45 38 33 32 26 33 42 49 42 30 28 28 35 34 38 ** 35 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
Professionals 51 ** ** 51 ** 45 41 41 33 32 30 28 32 38 47 35 29 28 27 33 35 38 ** 35 **
White Collar 51 ** ** 52 ** 46 42 38 30 31 29 24 31 36 49 34 31 28 24 30 34 36 ** 38 **
Blue Collar 49 ** ** 52 ** 42 38 34 27 27 29 26 31 37 45 32 27 27 26 31 33 34 ** 37 **
Unskilled 48 ** ** 60 ** 50 31 33 26 33 28 31 30 33 41 30 33 26 29 31 33 37 ** 29 **
Farmers 48 ** ** 52 ** 41 29 34 30 33 32 18 31 39 40 31 28 37 27 31 43 43 ** 34 **
Housewives 49 ** ** 51 ** 48 40 39 29 32 28 26 31 41 48 36 29 31 26 30 31 37 ** 44 **
  '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 48 ** ** 54 61 45 40 35 29 28 29 26 32 34 47 33 28 25 26 30 34 36 45 36 21
Non-Union Households 50 ** ** 51 61 45 39 39 30 31 30 27 31 39 47 34 29 29 26 32 34 36 43 37 27
  '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 48 ** ** 50 55 43 36 37 28 30 31 27 32 37 47 33 29 31 29 33 36 33 43 38 26
Nonsouth 50 ** ** 52 63 46 41 38 30 31 29 26 31 38 47 34 29 27 25 31 34 38 44 37 26
  '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 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 29
Born 1975-1990 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 42 30 32 42 39 43 36 26
Born 1959-1974 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 35 34 39 40 46 38 33 30 27 31 34 35 43 37 23
Born 1943-1958 ** ** ** 51 68 49 43 39 32 30 30 25 30 38 45 32 28 28 25 32 32 36 43 38 24
Born 1927-1942 51 ** ** 54 65 48 41 37 28 30 28 27 30 36 48 36 27 29 25 32 33 37 44 36 30
Born 1911-1926 50 ** ** 51 61 43 39 37 27 30 29 26 31 35 48 33 25 25 30 33 35 36 46 40 **
Born 1895-1910 47 ** ** 49 58 42 35 37 28 32 28 28 32 39 45 27 34 32 26 33 32 34 53 ** **
Born before 1895 49 ** ** 50 50 45 37 41 31 35 39 30 39 8 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **
  '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 before 1895 48 ** ** 55 66 48 38 34 29 28 31 29 30 34 44 31 28 28 28 34 37 38 41 32 26
Democrats (incl leaners) 49 ** ** 44 55 36 37 36 24 29 27 26 28 39 44 29 29 26 23 29 30 32 35 34 28
Independents & Apolitical 52 ** ** 46 55 43 42 43 32 35 28 24 34 41 51 38 31 30 25 30 33 35 48 44 25
  '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
Republicans (incl leaners) ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 33 29 28 30 30 31 35 43 32 28 28 27 35 35 41 42 31 25
Liberals ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 39 31 30 27 25 32 37 49 33 29 29 26 31 35 43 43 37 25
Moderates ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 41 30 32 28 24 30 39 49 35 28 28 25 30 34 35 46 41 26

    ___   (underline) indicates 50 or fewer total respondents within group
    **     indicates question not asked or no cases within group


table 5A.5.1
Source: The National Election Studies
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