Public attitudes about their government vary considerably around the world. Economy conditions, domestic politics, employment etc. are some of the deciding factors for people trusting their political system and government.
There is also a different scenario where people blindly trust their supporting party, even if, their government is a failure. In the world of fake news and false news where media is now the least-trusted institution, the public who have experienced peace, high employment, and high economic growth are actually more confident in their government.
According to the latest 2018 report of the Edelman Trust Barometer, 70 percent of people in India trust their government, a 5 percentage point decrease in comparison to 2017. Indians also place a high level of trust in their government with 7 out of every 10 people having faith in the political process there.
The report also concluded that 61% of people in India trust media institutions, 74% business institutions and 68% NGOs institutions.
The key trust building factors are –
- Economic prosperity, fight against corruption and protecting human rights and poor people are some of the factors that decide the basis of trust in the government, according to the report.
- People trust media (as a publisher and platform such as social media, both) that educate, inform and help them with the superior quality and true facts.
- The most trust building factors for a business is protecting privacy, contributing to economic growth and providing job and training.
- Protecting the poor people, calling out abuse of power and giving a sense of community are some of the factors that build trust in an NGO.
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