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Political trust is earned when the government delivers on our interests, and delivers fairly. (No surprise, right?) One of the things people care most about is security. People want security for themselves, their families, friends, and any group to which they belong. People are very sensitive to threats to their physical safety and economic security (water, food, shelter, personal possessions, incomes, and wealth). In fact, this may be one of the most crucial short-term drivers of political trust. For example, many countries that were hardest hit by the Great Recession also saw declines in political trust. People who benefit from good public services contributing to their physical and economic security tend to trust their government more.
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