Lakshman/Associated Press Having confidence in people and ideas is essential for innovation and effecting change, but trust in national institutions has declined to a record low among the world’s informed public, according to a recent study. However, that trust has declined, too 63% of people trust NGOs, down from 66% in 2014. Only 57% of respondents trust businesses and 51% trust the media.
Trust in the government, while the lowest of the four institutions, has increased slightly to 48% of respondents (up from 45% in 2014), due in part to “big gains” in India, Russia and Indonesia, the report stated. However, government is still distrusted in 19 of the 27 markets surveyed.
The Edelman Trust Barometer defines the informed public as college-educated adults who are in the top 25% income bracket for their age group (25-64) in a given country. They also regularly consume media and are engaged in business news and public policy.
The following chart, created by statistics portal Statista, illustrates the percentage of the 6,000 members of the informed public interviewed for the study that trusts each national institution. Read more…