The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Trust in Government Index 1958-2020

PERCENT AMONG DEMOGRAPHIC GROUPS WHO RESPONDED : "Average Score on Index"

  '58 '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '06 '08 '10 '12 '14 '16 '18 '20
Males 51 ** ** 52 60 43 39 38 30 31 30 27 32 37 46 35 29 28 26 32 36 36 43 37 ** 25 ** 21 ** 16 ** 16
Females 49 ** ** 51 62 47 40 38 29 30 29 27 31 38 47 33 30 29 26 32 33 37 44 38 ** 27 ** 23 ** 17 ** 17
White non-Hispanic 49 ** ** 51 60 44 40 39 30 31 29 25 31 38 48 34 28 27 25 31 33 37 44 38 ** 25 ** 18 ** 13 ** 16
Black non-Hispanic 50 ** ** 57 69 54 33 28 24 27 32 34 33 34 40 30 27 30 31 36 36 35 41 32 ** 26 ** 32 ** 28 ** 18
Hispanic ** ** ** ** 70 60 41 35 43 31 37 32 37 44 49 39 41 36 31 33 43 39 41 39 ** 33 ** 31 ** 29 ** 20
Race oth/mult non-Hisp ** ** ** ** 67 60 42 45 32 46 29 27 19 36 40 30 38 38 25 39 36 33 40 36 ** 22 ** 22 ** 19 ** 17
8th Grade or Lower 49 ** ** 50 59 41 33 35 26 29 32 27 32 40 44 31 31 34 31 34 38 32 44 35 ** 30 ** 35 ** 30 ** 30
High School (Grades 9-12) 49 ** ** 53 61 46 41 37 28 29 28 26 32 37 47 33 30 29 27 31 34 36 44 37 ** 25 ** 22 ** 19 ** 19
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 ** 21 ** 14 ** 15
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 ** 21 ** 17 ** 16
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 ** 27 ** 25 ** 23
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 ** 22 ** 20 ** 18
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 ** 19 ** 14 ** 14
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 ** 21 ** 14 ** 15
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 ** 24 ** 17 ** 21
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 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **
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 ** 22 ** 17 ** 15
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 ** 22 ** 17 ** 17
South 48 ** ** 50 55 43 36 37 28 30 31 27 32 37 47 33 29 31 29 33 36 33 43 38 ** 26 ** 22 ** 17 ** 18
Nonsouth 50 ** ** 52 63 46 41 38 30 31 29 26 31 38 47 34 29 27 25 31 34 38 44 37 ** 26 ** 22 ** 17 ** 16
Born 1991 or later ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 30 ** 24 ** 19
Born 1975-1990 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 42 30 32 42 39 43 36 ** 29 ** 25 ** 19 ** 17
Born 1959-1974 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 35 34 39 40 46 38 33 30 27 31 34 35 43 37 ** 26 ** 21 ** 15 ** 17
Born 1943-1958 ** ** ** 51 68 49 43 39 32 30 30 25 30 38 45 32 28 28 25 32 32 36 43 38 ** 23 ** 19 ** 14 ** 15
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 ** 24 ** 18 ** 16 ** 18
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 ** 30 ** 24 ** 29 ** 19
Born 1895-1910 47 ** ** 49 58 42 35 37 28 32 28 28 32 39 45 27 34 32 26 33 32 34 53 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 9
Born before 1895 49 ** ** 50 50 45 37 41 31 35 39 30 39 8 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **
Democrats (incl leaners) 48 ** ** 55 66 48 38 34 29 28 31 29 30 34 44 31 28 28 28 34 37 38 41 32 ** 26 ** 26 ** 23 ** 16
Independents 49 ** ** 44 55 36 37 36 24 29 27 26 28 39 44 29 29 26 23 29 30 32 35 34 ** 28 ** 20 ** 19 ** 16
Republicans 52 ** ** 46 55 43 42 43 32 35 28 24 34 41 51 38 31 30 25 30 33 35 48 44 ** 25 ** 17 ** 9 ** 18
Liberals ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 33 29 28 30 30 31 35 43 32 28 28 27 35 35 41 42 31 ** 25 ** 25 ** 21 ** 16
Moderates ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 39 31 30 27 25 32 37 49 33 29 29 26 31 35 43 43 37 ** 25 ** 22 ** 18 ** 16
Conservatives ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 41 30 32 28 24 30 39 49 35 28 28 25 30 34 35 46 41 ** 26 ** 18 ** 8 ** 17