American Elephants


Watch Americans’ Trust in Each Other Erode Over The Last Four Decades by The Elephant's Child

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This little map was created by Josh Morgan using data from the National Opinion Research Center’s General Social Survey (GSS) from 1972 to 2012. The survey’s simple question each year was: “Generally speaking, would  you say that most people can be trusted or that you can’t be too careful in dealing with people?

The percentage of all respondents who said that most people can be trusted has dropped from about 46 percent in 1972 to about 32 percent in 2012. Morgan makes no attempt to draw conclusions about why we trust less, and there is no single factor that is responsible for such a big societal change, but the ubiquitous reach of television, the Internet and smart phones have caused less direct human interaction.

Morgan’s article is here.

(h/t: Chris Cillizza)

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