ABSTRACT

This chapter focuses on comparing the findings of the surveys in specific connection with legal and civic culture. It isolates a number of radical shifts, some continuity and an increasingly divided society. This is partly contingent upon settlement type and financial standing, but mainly it has to do with age: many young people favor an “open society” with less state intervention and a more permissive culture generally, whereas the older respondents appear to have become more conservative over the period. Nonetheless, the essential picture is a slight increase in faith in the law and civil society even as many believe it is being undermined.