Indians have the most trust in societal institutions: Edelman report

NEW DELHI: People in India are willing to trust their institutions the most, revealed the 2021 Edelman Trust Barometer report.
The report gave a Trust Index score of 77 points to India.
The report, which defined the Trust Index as the average per cent trust in NGOs, business, government and media, was released this week. The report revealed an epidemic of misinformation and widespread mistrust of societal institutions and leaders around the world.
This year, the trust of the public in its societal institutions deteriorated the most in China. However, the Australians became more trustworthy of their institutions, the report added.
As per the report, while China lost ten points on the Trust Index compared to the last year, Australia gained 12 points to score 59 points on Trust Index.
This year, China lost its top spot to India, which lost two points on the Trust Index scale in the last year.
In the US, people found it difficult to trust institutions. It languished at the bottom of the report with 48 points — one more than the last year.
The number of countries where people do not trust the institutions decreased from 12 to 10.
The report further classified the public into two segments: Informed public and Mass population.
A massive trust gap was observed between the two groups. In as many as 20 countries, the informed public trusted their institutions completely. India occupied the top slot in this list.
A survey of the mass population revealed that people from a mere eight countries were ready to entrust their faith in institutions. India occupied the third slot in this list.
In the informed category, only the Russians discredited the institutions. The mass population in 13 nations distrusted the institutions.
Overall, there was a trust gap of 16 points between the informed public and mass population.
Interestingly, the trust levels of people improved during the early days of the pandemic, a comparative study of 11 countries revealed.
The same trust levels were found to be missing in the second half of 2020 when the pandemic seems to have gone past its worst phase, the report added.
Business was the only institution which could manage to secure over 60 points on the index. The remaining four institutes — NGOs, government and media — remained in the neutral zone (50-60 points on Trust Index).
A comparison of the four institutes on ethics and competency scale revealed that business was the only institute register positive scores on both the parameters.
The government with a score of -16 on ethics and -34 on competency fared the worst.

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