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Trust in government has dropped whilst trust in media has increased across the globe, according to the latest trust barometer results. See how each country compares
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Trust in government has dropped drastically across the globe according to survey results published today looking at attitudes towards key institutions across 25 countries.

The 2012 Edelman Trust Barometer results recorded a nine point drop in the worldwide total, giving an overall score of 43% for trust in governments. In the UK trust fell from 43% in 2011 to 38% in 2012, however it was Brazil that had the most drastic fall with a – 53% point change – the largest drop recorded of all the countries surveyed.

Recording trust in institutions such as the government, business, media and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), the Edelman Barometer surveyed 5,600 informed publics from across 25 countries to record the results we have used here.

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Trust in business globally also reported a slight drop from 56% to 53%, but this is still a less drastic decline than was seen for government. Some of the worst affected countries in the Eurozone crisis recorded significant drops in trust for businesses – France and Germany saw their trust score drop to 34% and 28% respectively.

Despite uneasy times for many media publications and the on-going investigation into the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, the media has been the only institution to see an increase in trust. The global score increased by three points bringing it to 52%. India, Italy, Australia, US and the UK saw the biggest increases in their media. Polly Curtis has analysed what’s happened with the media here.

Broadsheets saw a 47% increase in trust compared to tabloids which saw trust increase by a mere 14% – the lowest increase seen of all the media institutions.

NGOs saw a slight decline in trust but are still the most trusted institution according to the barometer. Trust globally in NGOs dropped from 61% to 58% but trust remained steady in the majority of countries surveyed.

The Trust Barometer which can be downloaded from the Edelman site, also shows in-depth trends of trust in the four institutions featured.

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