Trust in others, legal system and politics; European comparison

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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 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 2014 43 47 66 29 43 28 42 47
Total Belgium 2016* 48 52 73 28 42 27 39 50
Total Denmark 2014 76 83 87 43 60 46 40 66
Total Denmark 2016* . . . . . . . .
Total Germany 2014 44 58 75 24 45 24 29 38
Total Germany 2016* 49 64 79 28 49 27 32 40
Total Estonia 2014 49 45 61 16 31 15 32 38
Total Estonia 2016* 53 55 73 19 33 17 33 43
Total Finland 2014 76 75 90 38 55 39 39 66
Total Finland 2016* 77 82 93 42 59 43 49 70
Total France 2014 33 47 65 9 26 9 25 45
Total France 2016* 30 43 70 10 26 9 22 40
Total Hungary 2014 30 38 47 17 26 16 41 49
Total Hungary 2016* 34 51 67 26 36 21 34 42
Total Ireland 2014 48 48 66 17 24 16 37 51
Total Ireland 2016* 55 54 67 24 34 22 42 57
Total Lithuania 2014 42 36 55 15 19 15 49 53
Total Lithuania 2016* 51 43 62 20 25 18 52 55
Total The Netherlands 2014 66 67 77 46 53 45 38 60
Total The Netherlands 2016* 68 71 82 50 60 52 41 61
Total Austria 2014 42 55 68 19 37 18 23 33
Total Austria 2016* 51 69 80 22 40 21 25 36
Total Poland 2014 23 19 42 5 11 4 20 35
Total Poland 2016* 27 23 54 7 17 7 24 38
Total Portugal 2014 20 27 53 8 18 8 21 38
Total Portugal 2016* 24 28 61 9 26 11 31 51
Total Slovenia 2014 25 18 51 4 14 4 21 28
Total Slovenia 2016* 31 23 60 8 17 8 26 31
Total Spain 2014 38 29 65 8 24 7 26 41
Total Spain 2016* 42 28 71 10 28 9 31 40
Total Czech Republic 2014 34 39 55 17 27 18 30 39
Total Czech Republic 2016* 47 46 57 21 31 20 32 46
Total United Kingdom 2014 48 55 67 20 34 19 17 43
Total United Kingdom 2016* 49 62 73 22 37 21 23 50
Total Sweden 2014 66 69 77 43 66 44 37 68
Total Sweden 2016* 67 67 75 38 60 38 37 64
Source: ESS, Statistics Netherlands
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