While Trust Plunges in the US
On Jan. 26, the 2011 Edelman Trust Barometer, which ranks institutions by the amount of trust people have in them, was released by Edelman, one of the top five global public relations firms. The report shows that China ranked first in the world in terms of trust in government with 88 percent.
The 2011 Edelman Trust Barometer survey sampled 5075 informed public citizens in two age groups (25-34 and 35-64) in 23 countries. The study was conducted in November and December through a 30-minute telephone survey using the fielding services of World One.
All participants met the following criteria:
Trust in government in China has increased by 14 percentage points, up from 74 percent to 88 percent. In addition, the trust in government in Brazil has risen sharply, up from 39 percent in 2010 to 85 percent this year.
However, trust in government fell in the United States from 46 percent to 40 percent.
U.S. trust in business fell by eight points to 46 percent – placing the world’s largest economic power within five points of last-place Russia, putting the U.S. among the bottom four countries with the least trust in both government and business.
The tradition in recent years is that Edelman releases the results of the annual Edelman Trust Barometer before start of the annual World Economic Forum meeting.
In a recent Article in The Economist, the writer, in deep shock, bemoaned the fact that "a disconcertingly high percentage of China's population appear very happy with their government", or words to that effect. And that's true. In a recent survey by Pew International, 86% of the people in China were happy with their government and their system - compared to 23% for the US.
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