Economic Insecurity and Political Trust in the United States
- Publisher: Sage
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Extant research demonstrates that citizens’ evaluations of national economic\ud performance play an important role in determining trust in politicians and\ud political institutions, whereas evaluations of their own economic situation\ud play a lesser or even negligible role. Utilizing American National Election\ud Studies data and more apposite measures of personal economic privation\ud during an age of globalization and de-industrialization, this article finds that\ud the extent to which citizens perceive themselves and their families to be\ud economically insecure has a statistically significant and substantial negative\ud effect on political trust. Indeed, the effect at least matches those of macroeconomic\ud evaluations and party identification. This article therefore adds\ud a new dimension to our understanding of the economy–trust nexus and\ud contributes to the small but growing body of scholarship on insecurity’s\ud effects on political behavior.
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