Oct 24, 2019

Mistrust in business grows

Data: JUST Capital; Note: ±2.5 percentage points margin of error; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Americans' trust in big business eroded sharply over the past year. That's one of the key messages in the latest survey from JUST Capital, a nonprofit that tries to get businesses to align their values with those of ordinary Americans.

By the numbers: When asked if they trusted or mistrusted large companies, "trusted" won in 2018, but "distrusted" won in 2019. And when asked whether large companies have a positive or a negative effect on society, again the results swung dramatically from positive to negative.

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