The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Trust the Federal Government 1958-2012

  '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 '12
None of the Time (vol.) 0
(0)
** ** 0
(1)
2
(32)
0
(2)
0
(4)
1
(13)
1
(30)
1
(35)
4
(92)
4
(64)
2
(35)
1
(23)
2
(25)
2
(43)
2
(37)
2
(43)
3
(57)
1
(11)
1
(19)
1
(13)
0
(5)
1
(13)
2
(19)
2
(53)
Some of the Time 23
(416)
** ** 22
(316)
28
(363)
36
(486)
44
(662)
44
(1010)
61
(1512)
62
(1775)
64
(1458)
69
(1107)
62
(868)
53
(1015)
57
(621)
56
(985)
69
(1348)
68
(1530)
74
(1312)
66
(990)
58
(741)
55
(842)
44
(580)
52
(552)
68
(716)
76
(2255)
Most of the Time 57
(1013)
** ** 62
(900)
48
(619)
54
(724)
47
(708)
48
(1089)
34
(839)
30
(854)
27
(608)
23
(372)
31
(436)
40
(776)
35
(381)
36
(645)
25
(492)
26
(581)
19
(342)
30
(453)
36
(466)
40
(610)
51
(665)
43
(454)
25
(267)
20
(585)
Just About Always 16
(282)
** ** 14
(207)
17
(217)
7
(98)
6
(97)
5
(120)
2
(62)
3
(99)
2
(57)
2
(33)
2
(22)
4
(70)
3
(35)
4
(74)
3
(57)
3
(71)
2
(43)
3
(40)
4
(45)
4
(67)
5
(62)
4
(38)
5
(55)
2
(71)
Don't Know, Depends 4
(63)
** ** 1
(21)
4
(54)
2
(27)
2
(26)
2
(47)
2
(56)
3
(98)
3
(73)
2
(30)
3
(40)
2
(37)
2
(19)
1
(21)
1
(29)
1
(23)
1
(14)
0
(2)
1
(7)
1
(9)
0
(0)
0
(5)
0
(1)
0
(8)
N 1774 0 0 1445 1285 1337 1497 2279 2499 2861 2288 1606 1401 1921 1081 1768 1963 2248 1768 1496 1278 1541 1312 1062 1058 2972

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 5A.1.

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Question Text:

""How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right-- just about always, most of the time or only some of the time?"

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Some of the Time/ None of the Time
Most of the Time/ Just About Always

Note:

2012 data are for the combined (face-to-face and internet) sample.

For 2012, the 'Don't Know/Other' category represents face-to-face Don't Know cases only (in the 2012 Web instrument, a Don't Know category was not present).

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