Trust can be understood as a positive perception about the actions of an individual or an organisation. This positive perception can be grounded in actual experience, but is determined to a large extent by the subjective assessment of individuals. It serves as a driving force for a country’s economic development, makes governmental decisions more effective and leads to greater compliance with regulations and the tax system.
Government trust levels are generally determined by whether or not people consider their government stable and reliable, if it’s able to protect its citizens from risk and whether it can effectively deliver public services.
According to the latest edition of the OECD’s Government at a Glance report, confidence in government fluctuates widely between countries. With 73 per cent, India
is at the top of the governmental confidence league while Canada
also had higher than average confidence levels at 62 per cent. In the United States, where fake news, scandals and allegations about Russian collusion are still dogging the White House, only 30 per cent of people have confidence in their government. In the United Kingdom (UK) which is attempting to negotiate an amicable divorce from the European Union, trust stands at 41 per cent. In Russia and Turkey, Putin and Erdogan’s governments are both trusted by 58 per cent of their respective citizens.
In recent years, Greece had to contend with being on the frontlines of Europe’s migration crisis, multiple elections, bank shutdowns, defaulting and the introduction of capital controls hence it is not surprising to see it at the very bottom of the government trust league.
Measures of trust in government frequently rely on evidence from perception surveys. Data are derived from the Gallup World Poll. It collects data based on proportional stratified probability sampling and uses a sample of around 1,000 citizens for most countries.