Disturbing Report: Americans trust in one another at all-time low

The results of a new AP-GfK poll suggest Americans do not trust each other any more. An AP-GfK poll conducted last month found Americans are suspicious of each other in everyday encounters. Less than one-third of Americans expressed ‘a lot of trust’ in their fellow Americans.

The AP reports:

You can take our word for it. Americans don’t trust each other anymore.

We’re not talking about the loss of faith in big institutions such as the government, the church or Wall Street, which fluctuates with events. For four decades, a gut-level ingredient of democracy — trust in the other fellow — has been quietly draining away.

These days, only one-third of Americans say most people can be trusted. Half felt that way in 1972, when the General Social Survey first asked the question.

Forty years later, a record high of nearly two-thirds say “you can’t be too careful” in dealing with people.

Glenn found this report particularly disturbing because a lack of trust is the last stop on the road to fundamental transformation.

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“Here’s the problem with this: The last thing on the list of fundamental transformation is a lack of trust in one another,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “If you look back, or if you’ve ever talked to anybody from any other country, when they come over here, what do they always say? ‘Americans are so great. They’re so open. They’re so trusting of everybody. We don’t have anything like this.’ They come here for the people.”

“America is great because America is good,” he continued. “Once you take away our trust from one another, I’m not sure you ever get it back because it’s an innocence. We have never had a government really truly go bad on us, and that’s saying something because if you’ve read Miracles and Massacres, you know we have. We’ve had the internment camps. It just depends on whether or not you were in a select group.”

So is it possible for Americans to regain trust in one another?

“Now what do we do? What do we do to get our trust back,” Glenn asked. “I contend that’s why our summer events are as big as they are. That’s why, you know, 50,000 people will travel… because they don’t come for me. They don’t come for the show. They come for each other. They want to feel that community again. They want to be around a bunch of people that they can trust.”

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    So the transformation is almost accomplished?

    I hope and pray that we can, with God’s blessings and help, restore the nation and get ourselves free of the Democrat Socialists, and Vichy Republicans.

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    So which way will we go – freedom or communism?

  • Bonnie Somer

    I hope so too, but THE REAL GREATNESS IS US IT IS WE THE PEOPLE AND NO ONE CAN TAKE THAT AWAY BUT US, Y WOULD WE? THIS NATION IS NOT WHO OR WHAT OBAMA IS WE R WAY BETTER THAN HIM HE DOES NOT KNOW BEST OR ALL. WHY HAVE WE ALLOWED IT TO GET TO THIS POINT? I AM SURE THE VOLCANO IS BOILING AND THE MAGMA COMING THE NEXT REVOLT IS HERE AND BELIEVE ME HE IS PREPARING HE STARTED IT. WE R NOT COMMUNISM

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Majority voted for Obama of course you have to wonder if you can trust someone that stupid.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Their is reason to that our country is going down the drain. We have roving gangs of idiots knocking out people for the thrill of beating a white person. We have people stabbing other people in the back and stealing from each other. How can you trust anyone when civilization is breaking down?

  • Anonymous

    i don’t trust anyone who voted for the obummer. they are either too stupid, too ignorant, or too communist to be permitted to coexist :-)

  • Anonymous

    This makes me wonder about the integrity of elections. It makes sense that, in the event of grossly rigged election, such sentiments as this would rise greatly.

  • Anonymous

    You know as a child we would play on our block with all the kids who lived on it, and all the windows would be open and every home would be listening to Mr. Billy Graham. Those were such wonderful times!! We have taken God out of everything and now look at what we have left and become – the most divided country I have ever known. I just can’t believe it. My whole family were military and fought for the freedoms that we once had – unfortunately, those freedoms are being taken away from us slowly but surely. We need to wake up and take a stand and show obama that there are still Christians and people who love America and will defend her against all who does not. Get out and VOTE – let’s make a real change for the good :-).

  • Anonymous

    While Truth is being systematically eradicated (so they think), it is no small surprise that genuine Trust is eradicated with Him as well. So it goes for those who choose to ally with the Liar.

  • Anonymous

    The trust train left over 20 years ago..I’ve been lower class or lower middle class most of my life..I’m 64 and noticed in my early forties that normal everyday people would laugh at people who were kind to strangers or would return found money or a wallet. Twenty five years ago or longer those were things at least half the country would willing do. TOO late to worry now…The chickens came home and are roosted.

  • Anonymous

    I find this disingenuous coming from someone whose livelyhood is based upon fomenting fear.

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