Why do people trust the government

Corona crisisTrust in government is highest in these 10 countries

Democracies live from basic trust. But that has to be earned. The corona crisis turns out to be an extreme test of competence for governments. In the current exceptional situation, your crisis management can indirectly decide between life and death. The reputation of governments is also important in enforcing official protection rules. Citizens who fundamentally do not trust politics will probably be more inclined to question the instructions on Covid-19 as well.

Corona crisis strengthens trust in government

So far, the mood in Germany is clear. The vast majority of Germans are happy that Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and her cabinet are at the helm during the crisis. In the ARD Germany trend published on April 2, 54 percent of German citizens were generally satisfied with the work of the federal government. That was 21 percentage points more than in March. The proportion of very satisfied Germans rose from two to nine percent. These were the best approval ratings that the polling institute Infratest Dimap has ever measured for the German trend. Even 72 percent of German citizens were satisfied or very satisfied with the Corona crisis management.

However, crises do not automatically lead to better poll numbers for government authorities. The financial crisis, for example, had destroyed confidence. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD, was able to say in its annual report “How’s Life? 2020 ”state:“ Trust in the government has recovered in a quarter of the OECD countries since 2010. ”Nevertheless, not even every second citizen (43 percent) trusted his leadership on the OECD average. The gradient is extreme. In one country the trust values ​​were just 14 percent, in another country over 80 percent.

It is in these countries that trust in the government is greatest.

# 10 Denmark

More than every second Dane trusts his government. With 55.7 percent, Denmark (here Christiansborg Palace, the seat of government) took tenth place in the OECD ranking. It is based on data from the polling institute Gallup from 2016 to 2018.

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# 9 Turkey

Refugee crisis, strengthening of the AfD, GroKo ongoing dispute: The federal government was badly hit before Covid-19. In spite of this, 58.7 percent of the trust values ​​made it eighth in an international comparison. That was 14 percentage points more than in the survey from 2010 to 2012. Across the OECD, confidence had only increased by around three percentage points in the same period.

# 8 Germany

Refugee crisis, strengthening of the AfD, GroKo ongoing dispute: The federal government was badly hit before Covid-19. In spite of this, 58.7 percent of the trust values ​​made it eighth in an international comparison. That was 14 percentage points more than in the survey from 2010 to 2012. Across the OECD, confidence had only increased by around three percentage points in the same period.

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# 7 Ireland

In Ireland, the confidence boost after the financial crisis was even more extreme than in Germany. The value increased from 40.3 to 59.7 percent, as the OECD reported. That was the highest increase ever. The Czech Republic and Japan followed, each with an increase of around 16 percentage points. However, this growth took place at a low level. The two countries achieved below-average confidence levels in the current overall ranking. Ireland, on the other hand, came in seventh.

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# 6 Ireland

In New Zealand, people's confidence in the government has decreased. The poll value fell from 63.0 to 60.7 percent. Nevertheless, it was enough for sixth place.

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# 5 Canada

In most of the top 10 countries, trust in the government has increased. This is also the case in Canada: approval increased from 54.0 to 62.7 percent.

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