Google has come under fire over the past year from anti-trust issues to privacy questions. But has this questioning by the mainstream media, bloggers and politicians had an impact on people in general? A new survey finds that 63.4% in the US who use the internet trust Google as much as a year ago, climbing to an overall trust factor 78.4%, when those who said they trust it more are added in. The survey? My own, using Google’s new Google Consumer Surveys service. While I have some issues with the service (see Is Google Letting Anyone Do “Scientific” Surveys A Good Thing?), it seemed perfect to test how people perceive Google. At the very least, I knew Google would have problems challenging the results. The Surveys I ran two different tests. The first, involving 1,500 people, asked “Do you trust Google as much as a year ago?” and allowed three responses (which were shown in a random order to each person): I trust Google the same I trust Google less I trust Google more My goal with the question was to try and be as neutral as possible, not asking if Google’s gotten “more evil” or “less trustworthy” but to ask…
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