Trust in others, legal system and politics; European comparison


This table provides information on how much inhabitants of various European countries aged 15 years or older trust other people, the legal system and politics. Figures are from 2002 onwards. The question concerning trust in other people is: Overall, do you think most people can be trusted, or that you can’t be too careful?. Trust in the legal system and politics is determined by asking people how much they trust a number of political and organisational institutions, viz. national parliament, the legal system, the police, politicians, political parties, the European Parliament and the United Nations.
The figures in this table are based on the European Social Survey (ESS). The ESS is conducted every two years commissioned by the European Committee, the European Science Foundation and various national organisations for scientific research.

Data available from: 2002

Status of the figures:
Figures of 2016 are preliminary. Figures of 2002 until 2014 are definite.

Changes as of 31 January 2019.
The preliminary figures of 2014 are corrected and made definite. Figures of 2016 are new.

When will new figures be published?
New figures will be published at the end of 2019. This will be an addition of 2016 figures for several countries for which no data are available at present. In addition, preliminary figures of 2018 will become available.

Trust in others, legal system and politics; European comparison

Personal characteristics Countries Periods Evaluation of trust inOther people (score) Evaluation of trust inLegal system (score) Evaluation of trust inPolice (score) Evaluation of trust inPoliticians (score) Evaluation of trust inParliament (score) Evaluation of trust inPolitical parties (score) Evaluation of trust inEuropean Parliament (score) Evaluation of trust inUnited Nations (score) Percentage of people with trust inOther people (%) Percentage of people with trust inLegal system (%) Percentage of people with trust inPolice (%) Percentage of people with trust inPoliticians (%) Percentage of people with trust inParliament (%) Percentage of people with trust inPolitical parties (%) Percentage of people with trust inEuropean Parliament (%) Percentage of people with trust inUnited Nations (%)
Total Belgium 2010JJ00 5.0 4.9 6.0 3.9 4.5 3.9 5.0 5.3 43 43 64 24 34 23 45 48
Total Belgium 2012JJ00 5.1 4.9 6.1 4.3 5.0 4.2 5.1 5.5 46 44 66 31 44 30 47 53
Total Belgium 2014JJ00 5.0 5.0 6.0 4.1 4.8 4.1 4.8 5.2 43 47 66 29 43 28 42 47
Total Bulgaria 2010JJ00 3.5 2.5 3.9 2.0 2.4 2.0 4.8 4.9 20 11 25 7 9 6 40 40
Total Bulgaria 2012JJ00 3.4 2.3 3.6 1.8 2.1 1.8 4.3 4.6 18 10 23 4 7 4 32 39
Total Bulgaria 2014JJ00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Total Finland 2010JJ00 6.5 6.9 8.0 4.4 5.4 4.5 5.1 6.6 72 79 93 34 51 36 46 74
Total Finland 2012JJ00 6.6 7.0 8.1 4.8 5.9 4.9 5.0 6.5 74 79 93 41 61 41 44 73
Total Finland 2014JJ00 6.7 6.8 7.9 4.6 5.6 4.7 4.7 6.2 76 75 90 38 55 39 39 66
Total Hungary 2010JJ00 4.5 4.6 5.1 3.1 4.2 3.1 4.7 5.1 32 36 44 15 29 14 37 45
Total Hungary 2012JJ00 4.8 4.7 5.3 3.3 3.9 3.2 4.2 4.9 42 38 46 20 26 18 28 38
Total Hungary 2014JJ00 4.2 4.6 5.3 2.9 3.9 3.0 4.8 5.4 30 38 47 17 26 16 41 49
Total Ireland 2010JJ00 5.3 5.1 6.5 3.1 3.7 3.1 4.1 5.3 47 44 68 13 21 11 26 46
Total Ireland 2012JJ00 5.2 5.2 6.6 3.1 3.6 3.0 4.4 5.5 48 46 73 15 21 13 33 51
Total Ireland 2014JJ00 5.2 5.3 6.3 3.3 3.8 3.3 4.6 5.4 48 48 66 17 24 16 37 51
Total Iceland 2010JJ00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Total Iceland 2012JJ00 6.0 5.8 7.8 3.9 4.2 3.5 4.2 6.3 59 60 90 23 31 18 33 68
Total Iceland 2014JJ00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Total Kosovo 2010JJ00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Total Kosovo 2012JJ00 3.7 3.2 5.6 2.1 3.1 2.3 5.3 6.1 22 19 49 11 19 12 48 59
Total Kosovo 2014JJ00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Total The Netherlands 2010JJ00 6.0 5.9 6.3 5.2 5.4 5.3 4.9 5.6 67 64 73 52 55 53 43 58
Total The Netherlands 2012JJ00 6.0 6.1 6.4 5.1 5.3 5.1 4.8 5.7 65 67 77 50 52 48 45 61
Total The Netherlands 2014JJ00 6.0 6.0 6.4 4.9 5.2 4.9 4.5 5.5 66 67 77 46 53 45 38 60
Total Norway 2010JJ00 6.7 6.9 7.2 4.9 6.0 4.9 5.0 6.7 74 76 82 38 61 37 37 74
Total Norway 2012JJ00 6.7 7.2 7.2 5.1 6.3 5.2 4.9 6.7 75 82 83 44 66 43 35 76
Total Norway 2014JJ00 6.6 7.2 7.4 5.3 6.7 5.3 5.0 6.7 73 81 85 48 76 47 38 74
Total Ukraine 2010JJ00 4.2 2.3 2.5 1.8 2.0 2.0 4.0 4.0 29 6 10 4 6 5 25 26
Total Ukraine 2012JJ00 4.5 1.9 2.0 1.7 1.8 1.9 3.9 3.9 38 7 9 4 7 5 29 29
Total Ukraine 2014JJ00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Total Austria 2010JJ00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Total Austria 2012JJ00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Total Austria 2014JJ00 5.0 5.7 6.5 3.5 4.7 3.4 3.6 4.4 42 55 68 19 37 18 23 33
Total Poland 2010JJ00 4.4 4.3 5.4 2.7 3.4 2.5 4.7 5.3 30 27 49 9 17 8 36 46
Total Poland 2012JJ00 4.1 3.7 5.3 2.2 3.0 2.2 4.2 5.0 26 20 46 6 13 6 29 41
Total Poland 2014JJ00 3.9 3.5 5.1 2.0 2.8 2.0 3.6 4.6 23 19 42 5 11 4 20 35
Total Slovenia 2010JJ00 3.9 3.1 5.0 2.3 3.0 2.2 3.7 4.1 24 16 40 6 13 5 21 28
Total Slovenia 2012JJ00 4.6 3.3 5.3 2.3 3.0 2.3 3.8 4.2 35 18 49 7 15 7 23 29
Total Slovenia 2014JJ00 4.1 3.1 5.5 1.9 2.8 2.0 3.4 4.2 25 18 51 4 14 4 21 28
Total Slovakia 2010JJ00 4.5 3.5 4.5 2.8 3.2 2.7 4.4 4.8 31 18 30 8 13 7 31 36
Total Slovakia 2012JJ00 3.8 3.2 4.1 2.8 3.1 2.7 3.7 4.2 24 15 27 10 15 10 22 27
Total Slovakia 2014JJ00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Total Spain 2010JJ00 5.1 4.4 6.3 2.7 4.3 2.7 4.5 5.0 41 33 68 11 30 10 31 41
Total Spain 2012JJ00 5.1 3.7 5.9 1.9 3.4 1.9 3.9 4.7 44 25 59 7 21 7 26 38
Total Spain 2014JJ00 4.8 4.0 6.3 2.2 3.7 2.2 3.8 4.8 38 29 65 8 24 7 26 41
Total Switzerland 2010JJ00 5.6 6.3 7.0 5.0 5.8 4.8 4.6 5.3 53 64 79 42 56 36 33 49
Total Switzerland 2012JJ00 5.7 6.5 7.2 5.2 6.1 5.0 4.7 5.5 54 70 82 45 63 41 35 51
Total Switzerland 2014JJ00 5.7 6.6 7.2 5.3 6.2 5.1 4.5 5.4 53 72 82 47 66 43 33 48
Source: ESS, Statistics Netherlands
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