Greatest Fools? The Countries That Trust Their Government Most (And Least)

Tyler Durden's picture

Trust in government serves as a vital driving force for a country's economic development, increases the effectiveness of governmental decisions, as well as leading to greater compliance with regulations and the tax system. As Statista's Niall McCarthy notes, the level of confidence in a country's government is generally determined by whether people think their government is reliable, if it can protect its citizens from risk and whether or not it is capable of effectively delivering public services.

The latest edition of the OECD's Government at a Glance report has found that confidence in government varies widely between countries.

Infographic: The Countries That Trust The Government Most And Least  | Statista

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Unsurprisingly, Greece has the lowest level of confidence in its government, unsurprising given the economic pain it has suffered since the onset of the financial crisis. In recent years, Greece has had to deal with multiple elections, bank shutdowns, defaulting, the introduction of capital controls and being on the frontline of the European migration crisis. That has all led to 13 percent of the Greek public having confidence in their government. South Korea also has a low level of confidence at 24 percent, most likely due to President Park Geun-hye's impeachment scandal.

In the United States, the White House is struggling to shake off allegations of Russian collusion and only 30 percent of the public have confidence in the government. The United Kingdom is also enduring turbulent times amid its Brexit negotiations and 41 percent of the public have faith in their government.

At the other end of the spectrum, 58 percent of people in Russia and Turkey trust their governments while India (the nation that just surprised the entire nation by making its banknotes illegal) has the highest confidence levels at 73 percent. Greatest Fools?

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UncleChopChop's picture

Karnac the Magnificent Says: What is a survey done by an organization that cannot be trusted to conduct an honest survey.




BaBaBouy's picture

Making COWS Great Again...

UnpatrioticHoarder's picture

Did the survey ask for confidence in the current political leadership, or confidence in the government as an institution? It may explain the insane numbers for India i.e. an irrational confidence in strong-man Modi vs lack of trust in the bureaucracy. Or maybe Indians *are* actually deluded, it would explain a lot.

tonyw's picture

Maybe it's by comparison to other organisations and people, from my experience India is one of the very most corrupt countries.

skbull44's picture

I'm not at all surprised to see my homeland (Canada) high on the list and I would place a majority of the reason for that 'trust' on two factors: a very compliant/complicit media (particularly our national news media, CBC) that more often than not simply regurgitates government neoliberal propaganda without critical analysis, and a severe lack of critical voices (with the few that are ostracized as tinfoil-hat wearing conspiracy theorists).

All Risk No Reward's picture

Funny, I didn't see any governments on that list that work for the people of the country.

Every one of those countries is financed and controlled by the Debt-Money Supremacists.


"The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks."
~Lord Acton

"Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely."
~Lord Acton

How To Be a Crook

Poverty - Debt Is Not a Choice

Renaissance 2.0 The Rise of [Debt-Money Monopolist] Financial Empire

Debunking Money

Krugman (and each MIT economist professor - THEY KNOW AND THEY OCCULT!) is a Goebbelsian propagandist as he covers the crimes of wolves with his fake sheep suit and lisp.

Krugman to Lietaer: "Never touch the money system!"

And don't think Steve Keen is any better. He was called to the carpet for not admitting the system is a fraud when it was explained EXACTLY HOW THAT FRAUD WORKED... and he tucked tail and ran away PRETENDING he was responsive...

The Principal And Interest On Debt Myth (technically correct, but practically reveals inherent fraud as exposed CLEARLY in the comments section)

Bottom line - Steve Keen won't "touch the money system" either. He learned well from his Debt-Money Monopolist Overlords.

30 sheckels of silver over THE TRUTH.

"The best way to control the opposition is to lead it and/or finance it."
~Yours truly, based upon Vladimir Lenin's quote

"If all the bank loans were paid, no one could have a bank deposit, and there would not be a dollar of coin or currency in circulation. This is a staggering thought. We are completely dependent on the commercial Banks. Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation, cash or credit. If the Banks create ample synthetic money we are prosperous; if not, we starve. We are absolutely without a permanent money system. When one gets a complete grasp of the picture, the tragic absurdity of our hopeless position is almost incredible, but there it is. It is the most important subject intelligent persons can investigate and reflect upon. It is so important that our present civilization may collapse unless it becomes widely understood and the defects remedied very soon."
by: Robert Hemphill, Credit Manager of Federal Reserve Bank, Atlanta, Ga.
Source: In the foreword to a book by Irving Fisher, entitled 100% Money (1935)

garypaul's picture

I would place the majority of the reason for that 'trust' on the factor that life in Canada is a hell of lot better than other places

(you are welcomed to move to Chicago, Detroit, etc.)

buttmint's picture

...where the fuck is Venezuela on that chart, huh?

USA is much closer to 5% than 30%.

This study was sampled using DC residents, so it is an automatic pos

Eyes Opened's picture

10 cats out of 9 agree with u......

logicalman's picture

Can we get a chart of how many people in these countries trust this survey?

thisandthat's picture

Yep, Russians are fools for trusting a government that rescued their country from the brink of collapse and is commanding respect from the authors of that attempt to collapse it...

Putrid_Scum's picture

To be honest I've never paid income taxes my whole life so I don't care what the government does. If they fuck up, I pack my bags and leave.

Let the dumbasses pay,


garypaul's picture

I can totally understand Canada, but what the f**k is going on with India???

edotabin's picture

I'm moving to India. The gov there always tells the truth :-)

_ConanTheLibertarian_'s picture

Like there aren't enough people already there.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

...only if they make more toilets.

TheReplacement's picture

They don't need any more toilets.  They have the largest toilet in the world.  It also doubles as a bathtub and triples as a graveyard.  It is called the Ganges.


subversion's picture

There is no hope for Canada. Leave now.

msamour's picture

If you take it from a post collapse society point of view, Canada is exactly where you want to be. Low population density outside of cities. Not too many guns. After the city population dies offs', it is is expected there will be a 90% reduction in population in most developped countries. There will still be relatively fierce competition for whatever resources are left. A country with less guns, and more idiots will make it easier to survive. 

Tons of Liberal idiots to get the resources from in this country...

skbull44's picture

I think you'd find a lot more guns in rural Canada than you think. Add the number of crossbows and regular bows, and taking those resources will not be a walk in the park.

jimmytorpedo's picture

Canada is 11th on the list of guns per capita. Lots of guns in Canada, they are just in the hands of mentally stable people.

For now.



tongue.stan's picture

buh buh buh teh (((yoos)))

Or, as HH would say, "make dic pics great again"

Boondocker's picture

Who 're the 30% who trust the US.   I want what they are on

alone in the crowd's picture

those are the 30% that are employed by, on behalf of, and / or profit from, the criminal state


you know, the MIC, cops, politician, bureacrats, welfare getters, etc

redmudhooch's picture

30% my ass. Probably more like 5-10%.

and thats only because we have a corrupt media, if the media told the truth it would be a negative -100%

I know thats not possible, but thats about how much trust they have earned....-100%

litemine's picture

Canada .....Before Turd-O got comfortable giving Tax Payer's Money away.

Byte Me's picture

Let me guess - the India figures are supplied by the government - shurely the Indians aren't that daft.

any_mouse's picture

They probably outsourced the survey to a dot Indian firm.

Farqued Up's picture

How many Sky Ghosts do the Hindus worship, or at least acknowledge? One more self mesmerization is no big deal. I think the cows are sacred primarily because it would be starvation if i killed and ate my tractor. Plus, a living tractor ensures that a hand has something to eat, something to fuck and something to ride to the next job on.

roddy6667's picture

Most of the cows you see are like stray dogs. They don't belong to anybody.

any_mouse's picture

They need cattle guards and fences.

I have been joking about "wild dairy cow refuges" in the USA. [makes as much sense as wild horse/burro (domestic therefore feral, not wild) areas]

India is one big Wild Cow Refuge.

Where cows go to be reborn.

buttmint's picture

...I was in India two weeks ago (don't ask)....

I saw two big COWS at night strolling down a many "INTERSTATE" type of freeway. They had some dude with them as they shuffled along.

Best news? They had flashing LED lights embedded in their TAILS!


You go India!

hmmmstrange's picture

Canada is going to be at the bottom the list when the housing bubble pops.

roddy6667's picture

I've seen the housing bubble pop twice since the Eighties in the US. The world does not end. People get up, go to work, eat dinner, Life goes on. The country did not fall apart. A few million people had to start over from nothing. I was one of them. It's not a BFD.

sandman3365's picture

Start over, sure... Youre the perfect sheep. They rape you, and youre the one giving them the lubricant. Life goes on... 

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

And YOUR alternative is...?  Lead by example, Sarge.  

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

I trust government to tax its people into oblivion, to destroy them in wars, and to enslave them with usury and the manacles of repressive laws.

Yars Revenge's picture

55% in rapefugees welcome Germany!!???

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

62% of Canadians really trust Prime Menstruator Justin Turdhole? What a bunch of dumbshits.

CRM114's picture

Justin does not register my car, or start any wars. He is not The Government.

His personal approval rating is 42% (

Nona Yobiznes's picture

Of course. Fuckin Canada. Most people here have no idea what's going on. They're just too nice, milktoast, 'go along to get along' types - and that's the type of place this is. Nothing dramatic or bold happens, it's a very quiet society. "Oh, the government, eh? Yeah, Ottawa's doing a fine job, nothing to complain about. They just gave us some subsidies for the local hockey rink". All while the government implements some of the dumbest policies ever conceived and taxes people into oblivion. 

Any educated individual (not necessarily formally, but in the workings of the real world) who trusts their government needs to have their head examined. 

CRM114's picture

Canada has, I think, the lowest tax revenue as a percentage of GDP of any country with a socialized Health Service

I have lived in 6 countries (including the US), and have visited friends in many others. I find the Canadian Government the least intrusive, least expensive, and most effective of all of them.

The problem is really with the question, which is far too broad to be of any use - have confidence in them to do what?

Are Canadian politicians corrupt? Of course they are. 

Are quite a few of them arrogant, selfish idiots? Of course they are.

And when the Canadian Government f#cks up, it does it in Spades, e.g. the Phoenix payment system.

I think one of the reasons Canadian Government rates highly is that it doesn't intrude much on many people's lives, and that the question should be related to the relative size and intrusiveness of the countries' Governments.

I trust the Government to fix the roads, help me when I'm sick, and not get us into any stupid wars, and otherwise generally stay the heck out of my life, for a relatively modest fee. I get my money's worth from the roads and the health service alone. If they are ripping someone off, it's not me.

msamour's picture

Hi there Fella!,

I live in the Nation's capital, and for the most part I agree with what you say. There is one caveat however, There are a lot of dumb idiots in this country. My neighbourhood park was taken over recently, because a Mosque was built next to it. I get regularily threatened when I take my son there. "You should no go to the playground with your son when there are women there" I was told a few months ago. Luckily, the local police (On the French side) does not put up with intimidation of that kind. But most Canadians see absolutely no problem with letting certain cultures dictate our way of living though!

I give it another 25 years and this country will become Canadistan...


Country full of idiots I tells ya!

CRM114's picture

Hey, buddy!

We get none of that rubbish round here (Maritimes). Only halal restaurant just got compulsarily purchased and bulldozed for a college residence. Unanimous vote by councillors, not a squeak of protest, even though everyone knows they could have easily picked another site.

I note the Quebecers told Mulcair where to go when he backed the niqab thing, and he is now political history.

I've seen no compromise over muslim demands in Manitoba.

I think you have an Ontario problem, not a Canadian one.

AG17's picture

Or "% of Population that trusts the establishment unknowingly"

Latitude25's picture

Indian gold ownership says this survey is a lie.


Germans have confidence in a government turning the country into a caliphate?  Really?

Manipulism's picture

All surveys are manipulation and bullshit.

No exception

vollderlerby's picture

Mutli Culti in Germany is rammed up people's asses with the iron fist of Stalinism. No free press, you lose your job if you write the wrong email, etc. etc.  Corporations colluding with the government - fascism pure.

lesterbegood's picture

Any trust in any government is foolish.

trevmac77's picture

haha, Canada near the top of course.  Just wait until the real estate bubble blows coupled with low oil.  See how much they trust when the goverment teat runs dry.