Faculty Publications

Title

Trust Issues: US Public Preferences for Entities to Protect the Environment

Document Type

Article

Keywords

environmental protection, environmental trust, government trust, trust

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Sustainability and climate change

Volume

14

Issue

5

First Page

323

Last Page

334

Abstract

Using an industry survey data source, this study evaluates which institutions and entities are considered by the United States population to be more trustworthy to protect the environment. The results indicate there is not a singular institution or entity that is overwhelmingly trusted by the public to protect the environment. Indeed, a significant portion of the population trusts no one to protect the environment. Level of education and race are the most consistent explanatory factors for what influences trust. Additionally, generation, partisan affiliation, and regional location also provide keen insights for variation in trust levels.The findings suggest a lack of trust among the American population that should be alarming for developing robust responses to environmental problems.

Department

Center for Social & Behavioral Research

Original Publication Date

10-1-2021

DOI of published version

10.1089/scc.2021.0039

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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