from the world values survey, 2004-2008 — Could you tell me for each whether you trust people from this group completely, somewhat, not very much or not at all? (i’ve only included the trust completely and somewhat numbers, which i added together.)
People you know personally:
People you meet for the first time:
People of another religion:
the most trusting peoples in the world (surveyed)? = the usual suspects. germanics, anglos, finnish, french. swedes most naive.
the least trusting peoples in the world (surveyed)? = chinese, romanians, peruvians (what’s up with the peruvians?).
italians = not so trusting.
update 11/23: the slitty eye wonders who the chinese respondents who don’t trust people of other religions are. me, too!
the total numbers don’t match, unfortunately, i’m guessing because the same data are not available for each respondent (that’s annoying), but if i include the cross-variable for “respondent’s religion,” we see that overall muslims in china seem to be the most trusting! that is if you add together “trust completely” and “trust a little.” more buddhists “trust completely” than any of the other groups. (i think we can ignore the handful of “orthodox” and “others” — well, all of these numbers are pretty small, so no doubt not significant in any way, shape, or form.):
here’s some info on where the world values surveys were conducted — again, the numbers don’t match. *sigh* according to these numbers, something like 23% of the interviews took place in xinjiang and ningxia, so it seems like we’re talking about a lot of non-han chinese in these surveys:
Selected countries/samples: Andorra , Argentina , Australia , Brazil , Bulgaria , Burkina Faso , Canada , Colombia , Cyprus , Chile , China , Egypt , Ethiopía , Finland , France , Georgia , Germany , Ghana , Great Britain , Guatemala , Hong Kong, China , India , Indonesia , Irak , Iran , Italy , Japan , Jordan , Malaysia , Mali , Mexico , Moldova , Morocco , Netherlands , New Zealand , Norway , Peru , Poland , Romania , Russian Federation , Rwanda , Serbia , Slovenia , South Africa , South Korea , Spain , Sweden , Switzerland , Taiwan , Thailand , Trinidad and Tobago , Turkey , Ukraine , United States , Uruguay , Viet Nam , Zambia 
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