Public Policy Center, University of Nebraska


Date of this Version



Published in State and Local Government Review 46:2 (2014), pp. 82–90; doi: 10.1177/0160323X14533706.


Copyright © 2014 Mitchel N. Herian. Used by permission.


This article examines the relationship between trust in government and support for local govern-mental services. It is hypothesized that trust in government will predict support for local government services, but that trust will differentially predict support across policy areas. The results demonstrate that trust predicts support for human services and infrastructure but is not related to support for emergency services. The findings of this article contribute to the broader literature on attitudes to-ward local governmental services and may hold potential clues for policy makers interested in understanding the factors that shape public preferences for governmental service delivery.