Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Trust in politicians 'remains low'

Overall trust in the Government is rising, according to a survey

Seven out of 10 Irish people do not trust Government leaders to tell the truth, an international survey has revealed.

Although overall trust in the country's administration is rising, the number of people who have faith in politicians to do their job properly remains very low.

The 2012 Edelman Trust Barometer, which gauges public confidence in powerful institutions like government, business and the media around the world, also found:

One in 10 Irish people believe the Government is listening to their needs; 12% say the Fine Gael/Labour administration is effectively managing the economy; and 14% have faith in the coalition to create jobs through training programmes.

Overall trust in the Government has risen from 20% to 35% - but that compares to a global average of 43%, the report shows.

Two-thirds of the population think the country is on the wrong track to recovery from the economic crisis. Less than one in 10 have any faith in banks - the lowest level of any industry in the world - compared to an overall 46% population-wide trust level in business.

Mark Cahalane, managing director of Edelman Ireland, said trust was at a critical turning point among the Irish public. He said: "Citizens seek leadership, clarity and solutions and don't believe any institution is delivering on these expectations.

"The clear message for Government is that it is perceived not to be getting its message through or listening."

Trust in the media has dropped from 38% of the population to 35% despite a global trend that showed an overall increase in trust in media outlets.

The survey was carried out across 25 countries and polled 30,000 people.

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