Trust in people in EU countries

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Trust in people in EU countries

Generally speaking, most people in your country can be trusted

(% of “Agree” answers)

Almost half of respondents agree that most people in their country can be trusted

Respondents are most likely to agree that generally speaking, most people in their countrycan be trusted (47%), with 7% strongly agreeing.More than one quarter disagree (28%), with 6% strongly disagreeing. Almost one quarter neitheragree nor disagree that most people in their country can be trusted (24%).

There is a wide range of opinion across Member States. In 12 countries, at least half of respondentsagree that generally most people in their country can be trusted, with those in Finland (85%),Denmark (82%) and Sweden (76%) the most likely to agree.

At the other end of the scale, just 23%in Slovakia and 24% in Cyprus and Greece also agree. It is worth highlighting that although in mostcountries less than one in ten respondents strongly agree with the statement, in several countriesthis proportion is significantly higher: Denmark (24%), Finland (23%), Sweden (20%), Austria (18%),Ireland (17%).

Cyprus is the only country where at least half disagree (50%), followed by France (47%) and Greece(44%). At least one in ten respondents in France (14%), Cyprus (13%), Hungary (11%), Slovenia andSpain strongly disagree,More than one third of respondents in Bulgaria (37%), Slovakia (36%) and the Czech Republic (35%) neither agree nor disagree.

The socio-demographic analysis  illustrates the following:

– Men are more likely to agree that generally people in their country can be trusted (50% vs 45% of women).

– The longer a respondent remained in education, the more likely they are to agree: 60% whocompleted an upper level qualification agree, compared to 26% of those who did not finishprimary school.

– Managers are the most likely to agree, particularly compared to the unemployed (58% vs 36%).

– The fewer difficulties a respondent has paying bills, the more likely they are to agree: 53% who experience the least difficulties agree, compared to 28% who experience the mostdifficulties.

– Respondents who describe their neighbourhood as rich (57%) are more likely to agree thanthose who say it is average (47%) or poor (38%).

source: Eurobarometer 471 – April 2018

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