Crisis of confidence about politicians?
International GfK survey on the confidence people have in political and business leaders and organizations
Nuremberg, Germany (ots) - It is bad news for politicians and their image in Europe as well as in the USA. GfK Ad Hoc Research Worldwide questioned people in 19 European countries and the USA and found that the majority of the approx. 1,000 respondents in each country believed that politicians were not trustworthy. Managers of big companies and journalists fared little better in the survey. In all of the countries the majority of respondents indicated that they trusted teachers and doctors more than any of the other professions listed. The armed forces, police and the clergy come next and are seen as trustworthy by the majority of people in most of the countries surveyed. However, in Russia, Romania and the Czech Republic, the image of the police is not quite as good. Although positive, trust in the clergy in the Czech Republic, Spain, France and Belgium is below average.
Overall, managers and political, social and commercial organizations are regarded particularly favourably in Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Turkey, where the outcome was above average. Hungarians, Greeks and the French are particularly critical of their leaders.
GfK Trust Index: Politicians have the worst reputation
|GfK Trust Index* Mai 2004||Politicians||Managers of large enterprises||Journalists||Lawyers||Clergy||Policemen||the Army||Doctors||School Teachers|
* Level of trust in selected professions (Share of those choosing answers 3 or 4 out of scale
from 1 to 4, where 1 means "distrust a lot", 2 means "distrust a little", 3 means "trust a little"
and 4 means "trust a lot")
Source: GfK Ad Hoc Research Worldwide, August 2004