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Everyday situations cause worry

 Do you keep a close watch when you hand over your credit card? Assume the other fellow on the road is texting or drunk? Worry that a careless post will be spread by your Facebook friends?

 If so, you’re not alone.

 Americans are a mistrustful bunch.

 Nearly two-thirds say you can’t be too careful in dealing with people, according to the General Social Survey.

 To find out more, an Associated Press-GfK poll asked Americans how much they trust others in everyday situations.

Stranger danger

• 78 percent have little faith in people they meet while traveling, saying they trust them “just somewhat,” “not too much” or “not at all.”

• 19 percent don’t worry – they feel “quite a bit” or “a great deal” of trust in people away from home.

 Adults under 30 are especially wary of strangers, just like mom advised.

Defensive driving

• 75 percent mistrust people driving cars while they’re driving, biking or walking.

• 21 percent put a lot of faith in others behind the wheel.

 Those 30 and younger worry more about bad drivers than their elders do.

Cautious customers

• 67 percent have little confidence in people who swipe their credit or debit card when they buy something.

• 30 percent don’t worry much about that.

 Liberals are more laid-back at the checkout than either conservatives or moderates.

Online jitters

• 59 percent don’t have much faith in people with whom they have shared photos, videos or information on social media.

• 38 percent have confidence in these “friends.”

 Americans ages 50 and up worry the most about online sharing.

Contractors and cleaning crews

• 55 percent don’t much trust the people they hire to come into their homes to do work.

• 41 percent feel confident opening the door to them.

 Gun owners worry less about inviting workers into their homes than other Americans do.

Nervous stomachs

• 50 percent have little trust in the people who prepare their food when they eat out.

• About as many – 47 percent – chow down with ease, however.


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