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FILE - This May 31, 2012 file photo shows a bicyclist commuting during rush hour past a logo designating a bike route in Seattle. Americans are a mistrustful bunch. Nearly two-thirds say you can’t be too careful in dealing with people, according to the General Social Survey, a massive survey of Americans conducted regularly since 1972 with funding from the National Science Foundation. The poll found that 75 percent mistrust people driving cars while they’re driving, biking or walking. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
You can trust us on this, but you probably won’t
First Published Nov 30 2013 04:39 pm • Last Updated Nov 30 2013 04:47 pm

Do you keep a close watch when you hand over your credit card?

Assume the other fellow on the road is texting or drunk?

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Worry that a careless post will be spread by your Facebook friends?

If so, you’re not alone.

Americans are a mistrustful bunch.

Nearly two-thirds say you can’t be too careful in dealing with people, according to the General Social Survey, a massive survey of Americans conducted regularly since 1972 with funding from the National Science Foundation.

To find out more, an Associated Press-GfK poll asked Americans how much they trust others in everyday situations.

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Stranger Danger

—78 percent have little faith in people they meet while traveling, saying they trust them "just somewhat," "not too much" or "not at all."


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—19 percent don’t worry — they feel "quite a bit" or "a great deal" of trust in people away from home.

Adults under 30 are especially wary of strangers, just like mom said.

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Defensive Driving

—75 percent mistrust people driving cars while they’re driving, biking or walking.

—21 percent put a lot of faith in others behind the wheel.

Those 30 and under worry more about bad drivers than their elders do.

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Cautious Customers

—67 percent have little confidence in people who swipe their credit or debit card when they buy something.

—30 percent don’t worry much about that.

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