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73% Indians Trust Government Compared To 30% Americans

Chaitanya Mallapur,
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About 73% Indians have shown confidence in their government in 2016 as against 30% Americans, according to the Government At A Glance 2017 report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD, a forum to help governments foster prosperity and fight poverty through economic growth and financial stability.)


For India, the confidence level in government has actually declined from 82% in 2007, data show.


India was ranked second among 44 countries after Switzerland and Indonesia with 80% trusting their governments.


The listing covered 35 OECD countries and nine non-OECD economies.




Source: OECD

Note: China did not figure under this indicator.


Countries like Canada (62%), Germany (55%), South Africa (48%), United Kingdom (41%), Japan (36%), United States (30%) and Brazil (26%) were ranked below India. The index did not list China under ‘confidence in national government’ indicator.


Greece was positioned at the bottom of the list with only 13% people trusting the government.


“Levels of trust in government are influenced by whether citizens consider the government as reliable, responsive and fair as well as capable of protecting citizens from risks and delivering public services effectively,” the report said.


(Mallapur is an analyst with IndiaSpend.)


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  1. himalay Reply

    July 15, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Confidence in national government in 2016 and its change since 2007 (pg.217) shows a fall of 9% points from 82% in 2007 to 73% in 2016. (check the excel sheet: http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/888933533606).

    The data is derived from the Gallup World Poll, which asked just one question: “Do you have confidence in the national government?” to 1,000 people out of 1.3 billion and counted the “yes”.

    The agency and media reports conveniently overlooked indicators which may not go well with the government. These data were collected with much more scientific methodology.

    *General government gross debt per capita (pg.65) has increased since 2007.

    *General government revenue as percentage of GDP (pg.71) is below the 2007 mark.

    *In fundamental rights (pg.221), India is ranked at 25 out of 28 countries.

    *Citizen satisfaction with the healthcare system and citizen satisfaction with the education system and schools haven’t improved and are almost at par with the 2007 mark.

  2. Smruti Sahu Reply

    July 15, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Globally, confidence on governments has declined compared to 2007.

    It should have also been mentioned that India topped the chart this year. Don’t know why your article didn’t.

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