A new poll shows that Americans feel that only one-third of other Americans can be trusted, down from fifty percent in 1972.
The poll, which was done by the Associated Press, contrasts the downward spiral in trust with crime rates, which have plunged in the last few decades. While crime has dropped, Americans have become even less trusting even as the country becomes safer.
"People who believe the world is a good place and it's going to get better and you can help make it better, they will be trusting," University of Maryland Eric Uslaner told the AP. "If you believe it's dark and driven by outside forces you can't control, you will be a mistruster."
Social scientists have blamed 24-hour cable news (and not gossip websites) with part of the decline in trustworthiness, highlighting crime even when less is being committed.
But who is the Associated Press? Are they Americans? Because if so, I don't trust them. Not one bit. Everyone's out to rob and scam ya, is what I say. Can't even trust your brother in this country. Buncha cheats and lowlifes, all of them.