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How much does respondent trust people, in general? 

Below are 182 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 12 types:

[ Coworkers | Creates Trust? | Family | Immigrants | Media | Neighborhood | People in General | Politicians | Race/Ethnicity | Religion | Strangers | Unemployed ]

Mouse over a survey name to see further details on a survey. Click on "More" to see the response frequencies for a question, or click here to view all frequency tables.



Category 1:Coworkers
 

This question type asks about the respondent's level of trust in coworkers.

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Q50C from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

TRWRK from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

TR2WRK from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

TRWRK from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006

TR2WRK from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006


Category 2:Creates Trust?
 

This question type asks the respondent if a particular characteristic or behavior of an individual makes him/her more or less trustworthy.

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AGRRISOC from Civic Involvement Survey, 1997

AGR1TRY from Civic Involvement Survey, 1997

TRSHARE from Civic Involvement Survey, 1997

TRMISSES from Civic Involvement Survey, 1997

TRVLNTR from Civic Involvement Survey, 1997


Category 3:Family
 

This question type asks the respondent about his/her level of trust in his/her family.

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TRUST1 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Korea

TRUST1 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Nigeria

TRUST1 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chosen Regions of India

TRUST1 from Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of Pentecostals

TRUST1 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Brazil

TRUST1 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chile

TRSTFAM from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006

TRSTFFR from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006

TRUST1 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the Philippines

TRUST1 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Africa

TRUST1 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the United States

TRUST1 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Kenya

TRUST1 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Guatemala


Category 4:Immigrants
 

This question type asks about the respondent's level of trust in immigrants

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Q50K from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

TRUSTIMM from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)


Category 5:Media
 

This question type asks about the respondent's level of trust in the news media.

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TR2NEWS from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000


Category 6:Neighborhood
 

This question type asks the respondent about his/her level of trust of people in his/her neighborhood.

Some questions fit within the "Neighborhood" subcategory but varied in a notable way. ARDA staff identified 1 such variant.

[ Store Clerks? ]

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TRUST2 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Korea

TRUST2 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Nigeria

TRUST2 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chosen Regions of India

Q50B from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

TRUST2 from Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of Pentecostals

TRUST2 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Brazil

TRUST2 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chile

TRSTNGHB from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006

TRUST2 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the Philippines

TRUST2 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Africa

TRUST2 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the United States

TRNEI from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

TR2NEI from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

TRNGHBR1 from Civic Involvement Survey, 1997

TRNGHBR2 from Civic Involvement Survey, 1997

TRUST2 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Kenya

TRUST2 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Guatemala

TRNEI from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006

TR2NEI from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006


Variant:Store Clerks? (Neighborhood variant)
 

This variant asks the respondent if he/she trusts the clerks in the stores where he/she shops.

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TRSHOP from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

TRSHOP from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006

TR2SHOP from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006


Category 7:People in General
 

This question type asks the respondent about his/her level of trust in people in general

Some questions fit within the "People in General" subcategory but varied in a notable way. ARDA staff identified 3 such variants.

[ Four Option | Likert-Scale | Two Option ]

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TRU397O from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

TRU397N from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

Q50A from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

TRUSTPPL from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

TRUST from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 2 (2005)

V083092B from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008

Q9 from Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Survey, 2010

TRSTNONE from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006

TRUST from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

TRUSTPPL from Mid-November Survey, 2001


Variant:Four Option (People in General variant)
 

This variant asks about the respondent's level of trust in people using four options.

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CANTRUST from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

CANTRST1 from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

CANTRUST from General Social Survey, 2004

CANTRUST from General Social Survey, 1998


Variant:Likert-Scale (People in General variant)
 

This variant asks the respondent if people can be trusted using a Likert-type scale.

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TRUSTPEO from General Social Survey, 2002

FEWTRSTY from General Social Survey, 2006

YNOTRUST from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Youth Component

FNOTRUST from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Father Component

MNOTRUST from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Mother Component

TRUSTWOR from Middletown Area Study, 2002


Variant:Two Option (People in General variant)
 

This variant asks about trust in people using two options.

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TRUST from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Korea

TRUST from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Nigeria

TRUST from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chosen Regions of India

TRUST from General Social Survey 2008 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

TRUST from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

TRUST5 from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

TRUST from General Social Survey, 2002

VCF0619 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004

TRUST from Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of Pentecostals

TRUST from General Social Survey, 2004

PPLTRUST from American National Election Studies, 2004

TRUST from General Social Survey, 2006

TRUST from General Social Survey, 2000

TRUST from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Brazil

TRUST from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chile

TRUST from General Social Survey, 1990

TRUST from General Social Survey, 1996

V083092A from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008

TRUST from General Social Survey, 1988

FEDSP_P1 from American National Election Studies, 2002

TRUST from General Social Survey, 1991

TRUST from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the Philippines

TRUST from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Africa

TRUST from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the United States

TRUST from General Social Survey, 1998

AGRTRSTD from Civic Involvement Survey, 1997

TRUST from General Social Survey, 1976

TRUST from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Kenya

TRUST from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Guatemala

TRUST from General Social Survey, 1980

TRUST from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006

TRUST from General Social Survey, 1978

TRUST from General Social Survey, 1994

TRUST from General Social Survey, 1993


Category 8:Politicians
 

This question type asks about the respondent's level of trust in government/politcians

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GOVDOOK from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

GOVDOOK from General Social Survey, 2004

TRPLTC from Civic Involvement Survey, 1997


Category 9:Race/Ethnicity
 

This question type asks about levels of trust in other races/ethnic groups.

Some questions fit within the "Race/Ethnicity" subcategory but varied in a notable way. ARDA staff identified 6 such variants.

[ African-American/Black | Arab | Asian | Hispanics | Other Races | White ]

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TRTMYRAC from General Social Survey, 2006


Variant:African-American/Black (Race/Ethnicity variant)
 

This variant asks about the respondent's level of trust in African-Americans/black people.

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TRUSTBLK from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

BLK TRST from American National Election Studies, 2000

BLCKSTRS from American National Election Studies, 2004

TRBLK from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

RTSTBLK from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

TR2BLK from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

TRBLK from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006

TR2BLK from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006


Variant:Arab (Race/Ethnicity variant)
 

This variants asks the respondent about his/her level of trust in Arab-American/people of Middle Eastern descent.

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ARABS from Middletown Area Study, 1990


Variant:Asian (Race/Ethnicity variant)
 

This variant asks about the respondent's level of trust in Asians.

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ASNTRST from American National Election Studies, 2004

TRASN from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

RTSTASN from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

TR2ASN from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

TRASN from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006

TR2ASN from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006


Variant:Hispanics (Race/Ethnicity variant)
 

This variant asks about the respondent's level of trust in Hispanics.

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TRUSTHSP from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

HSP TRST from American National Election Studies, 2000

HISPTRST from American National Election Studies, 2004

TRHIS from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

RTSTHIS from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

TR2HIS from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

TRHIS from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006

TR2HIS from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006


Variant:Other Races (Race/Ethnicity variant)
 

This variant asks about the respondent's level of trust in people of races other than his/her own.

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Q50L from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

YTRSTRAC from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Youth Component

FTRSTRAC from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Father Component

MTRSTRAC from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Mother Component


Variant:White (Race/Ethnicity variant)
 

This variant asks about the respondent's level of trust in white people.

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TRUSTWHT from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

WHT TRST from American National Election Studies, 2000

WHTETRST from American National Election Studies, 2004

TRWHT from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

TRWHT from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006

TR2WHT from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006


Category 10:Religion
 

This question type asks the respondent his/her level of trust in specific religions/different religions.

Some questions fit within the "Religion" subcategory but varied in a notable way. ARDA staff identified 1 such variant.

[ Own Religion ]

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TRUST7 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Korea

TRUST7 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Nigeria

TRUST7 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chosen Regions of India

Q50M from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

Q50N from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

Q50O from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

Q50P from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

Q50Q from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

TRUST7 from Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of Pentecostals

TRUSTJEW from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

TRUSTCHR from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

TRUST7 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Brazil

TRUST7 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chile

Q31 from Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Survey, 2010

TRUST7 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the Philippines

TRUST7 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Africa

TRUST7 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the United States

TR2REL from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

TRUST7 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Kenya

TRUST7 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Guatemala

TR2REL from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006

TRUSTPR from ABC News Church in Crisis Poll, 2002

TRSTPRST from ABC News Priests and Pedophilia Poll, 2002

DISTRUST from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963

NOTRUST from Middletown Area Study, 1982

NOTRUST from Middletown Area Study, 1983


Variant:Own Religion (Religion variant)
 

This variant asks the respondent about his/her level of trust in people in his/her congregation.

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TRUST8 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Korea

TRUST8 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Nigeria

TRUST8 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chosen Regions of India

TRUST8 from Spirit and Power: A 10-Country Survey of Pentecostals

TRUST8 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Brazil

TRUST8 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Chile

TRSTCONG from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006

TRUST8 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the Philippines

TRUST8 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in South Africa

TRUST8 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in the United States

TRREL from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

TRUST8 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Kenya

TRUST8 from Spirit and Power: Survey of Pentecostals in Guatemala

TRREL from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006


Category 11:Strangers
 

This question type asks about the respondent's level of trust in strangers.

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Q50D from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

TRSTSTRA from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006


Category 12:Unemployed
 

This question type asks about the respondent's level of trust in the unemployed.

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TRUNEMPL from Civic Involvement Survey, 1997



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