Measurement Wizard > Multi-Item Measures > Trust > Generalized Trust

This scale was created in 2000 as part of the Social Capital Benchmark Survey.

Note: This scale wasn't a previously established scale, but was created when the survey was created (PI: Robert D. Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University).

Data File: Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000


General Instructions:

At least three answers must be provided for a score to be calculated. First, responses are standardized using national norms. Standardized variables are created with the prefix 'I'.

ITRUST = (TRUST-1.99)/0.96 ITRNEI = (TRNEI-1.75)/0.89 ITRWRK = (TRWRK-1.68)/0.85 ITRREL = (TRREL-1.38)/0.68 ITRSHOP = (TRSHOP-2.02)/0.87 ITRCOP = (TRCOP-1.74)/0.90

SOCTRUST = Mean(ITRUST,ITRNEI,ITRWRK,ITRREL,ITRSHOP,ITRCOP) * -1. [Note: This is multiplied by -1 so that higher scores indicated higher levels of social trust]

Any special instructions related to individual items will be listed below those items.


TRUST from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

6. Would you say that most people can be trusted or that you cant be too careful in dealing with people? (TRUST)
TOTAL%
1) People can be trusted14,50249.6
2) You cant be too careful12,61243.1
3) (VOLUNTEERED) Depends1,9026.5
8) Dont know1740.6
9) Refused430.1
TOTAL29233100.0

Item Instructions (TRUST):

Code item as follows: Convert '8) Don't know' and '9) Refused' to system missing. Recode 2=3, 3=2.


TRNEI from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

7A. How much you can trust people in your neighborhood? (TRNEI)
TOTAL%
1) Trust them a lot13,69946.9
2) Trust them some9,90633.9
3) Trust them only a little3,29711.3
4) Trust them not at all1,5385.3
5) [VOLUNTEERED] Does not apply4311.5
8) Dont know3231.1
9) Refused390.1
TOTAL29233100.0

Item Instructions (TRNEI):

Code item as follows: Convert '5) Does not apply', '8) Don't know', and '9) Refused' to system missing.


TRWRK from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

7B. How much you can trust people you work with? (TRWRK)
TOTAL%
1) Trust them a lot12,62143.2
2) Trust them some7,48025.6
3) Trust them only a little2,4438.4
4) Trust them not at all9953.4
5) [VOLUNTEERED] Does not apply5,57119.1
8) Dont know980.3
9) Refused250.1
TOTAL29233100.0

Item Instructions (TRWRK):

Code item as follows: Convert '5) Does not apply', '8) Don't know', and '9) Refused' to system missing.


TRREL from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

7C. How much you can trust people at your church or place of worship? (TRREL)
TOTAL%
1) Trust them a lot16,85457.7
2) Trust them some5,02417.2
3) Trust them only a little1,0873.7
4) Trust them not at all4631.6
5) [VOLUNTEERED] Does not apply5,57219.1
8) Dont know1740.6
9) Refused590.2
TOTAL29233100.0

Item Instructions (TRREL):

Code item as follows: Convert '5) Does not apply', '8) Don't know', and '9) Refused' to system missing.


TRSHOP from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

7D. How much you can trust people who work in the stores where you shop? (TRSHOP)
TOTAL%
1) Trust them a lot8,25828.2
2) Trust them some13,63946.7
3) Trust them only a little4,58515.7
4) Trust them not at all1,7766.1
5) [VOLUNTEERED] Does not apply5501.9
8) Dont know4041.4
9) Refused210.1
TOTAL29233100.0

Item Instructions (TRSHOP):

Code item as follows: Convert '5) Does not apply', '8) Don't know', and '9) Refused' to system missing.


TRNEWS from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

7E. How much you can trust the local news media? (TRNEWS)
TOTAL%
1) Trust them a lot3,83013.1
2) Trust them some12,98044.4
3) Trust them only a little7,15124.5
4) Trust them not at all4,13214.1
5) [VOLUNTEERED] Does not apply6612.3
8) Dont know4421.5
9) Refused370.1
TOTAL29233100.0

Item Instructions (TRNEWS):

Code item as follows: Convert '5) Does not apply', '8) Don't know', and '9) Refused' to system missing.


TRCOP from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

7F. How much you can trust the police in your local community? (TRCOP)
TOTAL%
1) Trust them a lot14,70650.3
2) Trust them some9,52332.6
3) Trust them only a little2,7009.2
4) Trust them not at all1,6385.6
5) [VOLUNTEERED] Does not apply3601.2
8) Dont know2781.0
9) Refused280.1
TOTAL29233100.0

Item Instructions (TRCOP):

Code item as follows: Convert '5) Does not apply', '8) Don't know', and '9) Refused' to system missing.




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