I can't say if I've noticed much of a trend either way yet. (I've had Zage for less than a year)
I do think I could count on one hand the times I've noticed someone cross the street to avoid us! A couple of those times, I suspected it may be culture-related. At least one was because someone else had a dog who looked stressed; I was ready to turn down a side street, but they crossed over first.
We're working on Zage's public behavior/general socialization to new situations (normal situations). Because of this, I always try to exude an attitude of "all business" and keep our walking pretty brisk, and/or am very intent on the engagement games we play off to the side of busier areas.
I also have her wear a harness with "In Training" patches on it, which has honestly saved us quite a few "drive by pettings." (I'm very thankful people see the harness and do a double-take, or just completely ignore us - that's been a major help for Zage and managing her thresholds) Of those "almost" drive by pettings, they were about 50/50 teen/young adult men and
women. Although, one of the guys was pretty intent on petting until the young woman walking next to him physically reached out and stopped his arm, pointing out Zage's harness.
Honestly, for the most part, any interactions we've had have been really positive, either people ignore us, or they very politely ask to pet (or direct their children to ask, thank goodness!). And everyone has been very respectful when I reply with a "sorry, she's not friendly. But thanks for asking!"
(I also quietly enjoy anytime I hear a younger kid exclaim to their guardian "WOW, look!!
a police dog!)