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Monday, July 17, 2017

India third in world in people having highest trust in Central govt., not first

India is third on the list of countries that have the highest trust in the Central government, and not the first as is being stated in many reports online.

Seventy-three per cent of Indians in a survey said ‘yes’ when asked, ‘Do you have trust in national government?’ Only Indonesians and the Swiss have more trust at 80%. However, the number of people who trust the government has fallen by nine percentage points between 2007 and 2016, finds a report from the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

A look at the previous reports shows that the percentage of people who trust the government took a steep dive before rising again to the current figure over the last 10 years. The data cited by the OECD’s 'Government at a Glance’ report for 2017 is from the Gallup World Poll for 2016. The figure for India in 2007 was 82%. The Gallup World Poll for 2014 also showed a figure of 73% trust in national government. The same poll in 2012 showed a 55% trust in the national government, a fall of 27 percentage points from 2007. In 2009 the figure was 70%.

On a political timeline, the high trust factor during the UPA I fell to a deep low during UPA II and bounced back for the NDA.

The average trust in the national government in the OECD countries is 42%. In the U.S., it stands at 30% now but has been in that range over the last 10 years.
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