Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Recent survey shows young people most trusting of government

In the face of near-historic low levels of faith in government and institutions among Americans, a recent survey from Pew shows that young people currently trust government far more than their older counterparts.

The survey showed 32% of those 18-29 as trusting the government to do what is right, compared with only 20% of ages 30-49, 50-64 and 65+.

Peter Levine of CIRCLE gives some insights on the reasons for the disparity, describing young people today as a different type of generation than those of recent decades.
"They don't define in terms of opposition or trying to smash everything. They don't have a generation gap, really. They really cite parents as role models or political guides. The current thing is you call your mom on your cell phone to ask what she thinks, which I really don't think was a '60s attitude," Levine says.
"The millennials are quite positive toward other big institutions — like corporations and the military and faith — so it does give you the feeling that it's a different generation."


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