80% of people surveyed in 27 markets across the globe distrust their governments, businesses or both, according to Edelman's 2015 Trust Barometer. Looking at several key countries in the survey, distrust is most rampant in Britain, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.
Falling trust levels for 2015 come as little surprise given last year's events. 2014 saw the largest outbreak of Ebola in history, war in Ukraine and two mysterious disasters for Malaysia Airlines, amongst others. Trust is higher in developing nations including China and India where 82% of respondents in both nations trust their governments.
In Russia, 54% of people trust their government compared to 45% who trust the business sector. In the United States, however, business comes before government for trust. 60% of Americans trust business compared to just 41% who trust the government. In countries badly affected by the financial crisis like Spain, it comes as no surprise that trust levels in the government are extremely low - just 26%. People are more optimistic about business and it's trusted by 43% of people.
Do you trust your government?
Do you trust the business sector?
Do any of these statistics surprise you?