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You can trust us on this, but you probably won’t

First Published Nov 30 2013 04:39PM      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?

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."

—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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