Interpersonal trust

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In OECD countries, about 36% of interviewees expressed interpersonal trust. In Nordic countries over 60% of interviewees trust each other compared to less than 13% in Chile, Mexico and Turkey. Among the key partner economies, levels of trust are usually lower than in OECD countries ranging from 4% of the population in Columbia expressing trust in others to 33% in India.

That is a summary from the OECD.

Interpersonal trust in Slovakia is extremely low. Only in Brazil and Columbia people trust each other less than in Slovakia:

In the WWS survey, 35 percent of Americans said that other people can generally be trusted. But consider a different source: in a Pew poll, 45% said that most people are trustworthy.

And when the question is phrased differently, about 6 in 10 Americans say that other people generally try to be helpful and/or fair.[1]

There is clearly some measurement error, and wording matters. But I mostly trust the data: generalized trust in Slovakia clearly doesn't have much space to fall further...

Confidence in national government

It turns out that Slovaks trust their government more than their trust each other.

Also, in some emerging markets, confidence in government is higher than in the US or most West European democracies:

Data: Gallup World Poll; 2014/15.

Further reading

Society at a Glance, 2016

TREND: 90 percent Slovákov neverí ostatným ľuďom. Prečo by nás to malo trápiť?

Paola Sapienza, Anna Toldra-Simats and Luigi Zingales: Understanding Trust

Pew: Americans and Social Trust: Who, Where and Why

Would you say that most of the time people try to be helpful, or that they are mostly just looking out for themselves? Some 57% of respondents said most people try to be helpful.

  1. Pew reports: ↩︎

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