Rural folk are a suspicious lot… or so one may conclude from the 2021 Nebraska Rural and Metro Polls. According to data gathered by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Department of Agricultural Economics, rural Nebraskans are generally less likely to say they strongly trust public officials, media, and medical experts than are their metro neighbors in the Omaha and Lincoln metroplex:
The low rural trust of elections may reflect the rural anxiety of living in an ever dwindling minority that by itself cannot win a state or national election.
I suppose we could look at the line in the media block and take comfort in knowing that rural folks still trust their neighbors a little more than do their urban counterparts as sources of news… but if you’re studying up on national and international news, should you really rely Erma down the road more than news news programs on NPR?
But hey, at least city and country folk are equally sensible in being suspicious of what they read on the Twitters and the blogs….