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AP Poll: 'Americans are a mistrustful bunch'

Most bikers don't trust cars.
Most bikers don't trust cars.
Bebeto Matthews/AP

Picking up on an interesting finding from the General Social Survey, the Associated Press conducted a national poll on Americans and trust.

The General Social Survey found that the number of Americans who say most people can be trusted has plummeted. Back in 1972, when the GSS first asked the question, half of respondents said most people can be trusted. These days, it's down to one-third.

To flesh out the GSS a bit more, the AP released a new survey today (pdf). It found that "Americans are a mistrustful bunch."

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The AP hired GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications to conduct the poll of 1,227 adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.