Have Americans Lost Their Trust In Institutions And If So, Can It Be Restored?
From unfounded allegations of a stolen election, to widespread distrust of the media, to a capital insurrection, to right here in Cincinnati where multiple local government officials face criminal charges, it seems America's faith in institutions is in jeopardy. According to the Pew Research Center, just 20% of U.S. adults trust the government to do the right thing. Has America reached a historic low point in terms of trust?
As author Ethan Zuckerman writes, our current climate may provide new opportunity. In his book Mistrust: Why Losing Faith in Institutions Provides Tools to Transform Them, Zuckerman argues that Americans have faith in one another even in moments of polarization.
Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss how to begin to repair our trust in institutions is University of Massachusetts Amherst Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure Director and Public Policy, Information and Communication Associate Professor Ethan Zuckerman.
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