On average, only four out of ten people have confidence in their government, the OECD revealed on Wednesday in its first study on the perception of citizens of 22 countries towards their public authorities.
“Only four in ten respondents (41.4%), on average in the OECD countries studied, trust their national government”, write the authors of the 2021 report, who also indicate that 41.1% do not trust their national government. do not trust.
“The majority of respondents trust the courts and the police (67.1%, the best perceived) in their country, while the rating of political parties (24.5 %, the least well perceived), legislative institutions, such as Parliament and Congress, and the media is relatively low,” they add.
About 30% of French people believe in their government in this way. France ranks among the last four countries, while Finns and Norwegians are those who say they are the most favorable to the action of their leaders.
“Just under half of respondents, on average across all countries, think a senior politician would give a political favor in exchange for a well-paid job in the private sector, and around a third predict that a civil servant would accept money to speed up access to a service”, point out the authors.
“Levels of public confidence decreased in 2021 while remaining slightly higher than they were so after the 2008 crisis. It took about ten years for confidence to recover after the 2008 crisis,” explains the OECD in the preamble.
“People with low levels of education and income have consistently less confidence in their government than other groups. Young people have less confidence in public authorities,” she notes.
“There is also a gender gap, with women making on average, all countries combined, 2.7 percentage points less. confidence in the public authorities of their country than men”, further details the organization.
These conclusions should constitute an important contribution to the OECD ministerial meeting “Building confidence and strengthening democracy”, to be held in November.