Economic Insecurity and Political Trust in the United States

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Wroe, Andrew (2016)

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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