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Cook and Gronke (2005b) identify what they call an active trust/distrust continuum, in which, at
the low end, individuals have a very strong distrust in government (see Cook et al., 2005b, p. 790
Figure 1). This conceptualization is consistent with our study in that we hypothesize that
individuals at the low end of the spectrum will have a higher likelihood of engaging in actions to
counter government initiatives. 1
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Low High Trust
Trust in Government
Figure 1 Distribution of Trust in Government in the Population
In addition, we hypothesize that as a result of government actions and perceived outcomes of
these actions, public trust in government changes over time. Thus, public trust in government
could increase or decrease depending on the alignment of these actions and outcomes with the
public’s goals and values. As individuals change their views on how trustworthy their
government is, other individuals are influenced, which could result in a global shift. Figure 2
shows a shift from lower levels of trust to higher levels of trust. A shift in mean trust is presented,
which goes from a mean a to a higher mean b to an even higher mean c. The relative distribution
remains the same. The progression could be achieved by going the opposite way (from relatively
high levels of trust to lower levels) when government actions and outcomes are not aligned with...
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