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The decline in political trust can be narrowed down to the federal legislative and executive branches. Data from Gallup show that our trust in the federal judicial branch and in our state and local governments has increased slightly since 1972.[i] In the next several days, we will explore how some aspects of the federal government may have reduced trust.
[i] In general, and in most countries, people tend to trust non-partisan institutions the most – while trusting congress (or parliaments) and political parties the least. See the Oxford Handbook of Social and Political Trust, pp. 77-78.
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Image: Trust in government over time. Data from Gallup.com.