Do you trust your neighbor? Are there different levels of trust by state?
These are questions the Gallup polling organization delved into through a survey of over 170,000 Americans in the first six months of 2009. What they found was that most people do indeed trust their neighbor, but that the level of trust varied by state. One question used to measure trust was about whether the respondents felt that a neighbor would return a lost wallet. The lost wallet question has been validated as a measure of trust.
According to the survey, the level of trust was highest in the Midwest and Northwest, while the lowest levels were found in the South. The top five states for trust were Utah, South Dakota, Vermont, Idaho and Montana, while the bottom five were Nevada, Mississippi, California, South Carolina and Louisiana. Click here for the complete results and the Gallup article.