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Improving Public Opinion SurveysInterdisciplinary Innovation and the American National Election Studies$
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John H. Aldrich and Kathleen M. McGraw

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151458

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151458.001.0001

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Generalized Trust Questions

Generalized Trust Questions

(p.101) Chapter 7 Generalized Trust Questions
Improving Public Opinion Surveys

Eric M. Uslaner

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the issue of measuring trust and then compares the ANES and the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) measures with each other as well as with the two new measures in the 2006 Pilot Study. It first examines the comparability of the four measures through the standard question—“Generally speaking, do you believe that most people can be trusted, or can't you be too careful in dealing with people?” The chapter also examines how well each performs with respect to theoretical expectations. If the ANES adopts a new trust question, the chapter considers if that measure shows patterns of association similar to those of the older indicator.

Keywords:   trust, National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, NLSY, theoretical expectations, association patterns, generalized trust

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