Mid-November Survey, 2001

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TRUSTPPL

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted or that you can't be too careful in dealing with people?
  1) Most people can be trusted.
  2) Can't be too careful
  3) Other/Depends
  9) Don't know/Refused

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Most people can be trusted. 41.7% 41.7%
Can't be too careful 54.5% 96.2%
Other/Depends 2.3% 98.5%
Don't know/Refused 1.4% 99.9%
Total N = 1500

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-64 65+ TOTAL
Most people can be trusted. 31.0% 36.6% 43.3% 48.6% 41.0% 41.8%
Can't be too careful 67.5% 60.6% 52.6% 47.2% 55.0% 54.7%
Other/Depends 0.6% 1.2% 4.0% 2.4% 2.4% 2.3%
Don't know/Refused 0.9% 1.6% 0.2% 1.8% 1.5% 1.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1479


Education (I-EDUC)

Less than high school High school graduate Some college College + TOTAL
Most people can be trusted. 17.7% 33.9% 45.4% 63.3% 41.7%
Can't be too careful 78.2% 62.6% 50.5% 33.1% 54.5%
Other/Depends 4.1% 1.2% 2.7% 2.6% 2.3%
Don't know/Refused 0.0% 2.3% 1.4% 1.0% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1495


Household income (I-INCOME)

Less than $20,000 $20,000 to under $40,000 $40,000 to under $75,000 $75,000 to under $100,000 $100,000 or more Don't know/Refused TOTAL
Most people can be trusted. 25.5% 39.7% 46.4% 52.7% 66.7% 35.4% 41.8%
Can't be too careful 70.4% 57.6% 50.7% 43.1% 31.3% 57.8% 54.5%
Other/Depends 3.6% 1.7% 2.0% 1.7% 1.7% 3.2% 2.3%
Don't know/Refused 0.6% 1.1% 1.0% 2.5% 0.3% 3.6% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1500


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Most people can be trusted. 45.3% 38.4% 41.7%
Can't be too careful 52.5% 56.3% 54.5%
Other/Depends 1.8% 2.9% 2.4%
Don't know/Refused 0.4% 2.4% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
1500


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Republican Democrat Independent TOTAL
Most people can be trusted. 51.2% 39.6% 37.7% 43.0%
Can't be too careful 45.5% 57.7% 58.8% 53.9%
Other/Depends 2.1% 2.2% 2.2% 2.2%
Don't know/Refused 1.1% 0.6% 1.2% 1.0%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1393


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
Most people can be trusted. 45.8% 41.5% 37.4% 45.6% 41.7%
Can't be too careful 50.3% 55.1% 59.3% 49.6% 54.5%
Other/Depends 0.6% 2.3% 3.0% 2.8% 2.3%
Don't know/Refused 3.4% 1.1% 0.3% 2.0% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1500


Marital status (I-MARITAL)

Married Divorced or separated Widowed Never been married TOTAL
Most people can be trusted. 46.0% 37.0% 31.9% 37.3% 41.7%
Can't be too careful 50.5% 57.3% 65.3% 60.0% 54.7%
Other/Depends 1.8% 4.5% 2.3% 2.0% 2.3%
Don't know/Refused 1.8% 1.3% 0.5% 0.7% 1.3%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1488


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other religion TOTAL
Most people can be trusted. 39.7% 44.4% 43.7% 41.7%
Can't be too careful 56.6% 52.9% 49.7% 54.5%
Other/Depends 2.3% 1.6% 4.9% 2.4%
Don't know/Refused 1.4% 1.1% 1.7% 1.4%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1355



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