Trust in nations

Trust in government     -compatriots     -family    -people    -official institutions

Variable Measurement Era SPSS code
N
Source
Trust in government Public opinion. "How much do you trust the government [in the national residence] to do what is right?"
Do you trust it almost always, most of the time, only some of the time, or almost never?
1990-91 TrustGovernment_1990
13
WVS2 item 289
1995-98 TrustGovernment_1995
46
WVS3 item 142
Trust in family Public opinion. "I want to ask you how much you trust various groups of people: Using the responses on this card, could you tell me how much you trust... a) Your family?"
Answer categories were: 1-Trust them, 2-Trust them little, 3-Neither trust nor distrust them, 4-Do not trust them very much, 5-Do not trust them at all, 9-DK.
1990-91 TrustFamily_1990
40
WVS2 item 340
Trust in compatriots Public opinion. "I want to ask you how much you trust various groups of people: Using the responses on this card, could you tell me how much you trust...b) The [e.g. British] in general?"
Answer categories were: 1-Trust them, 2-Trust them little, 3-Neither trust nor distrust them, 4-Do not trust them very much, 5-Do not trust them at all, 9-DK.
1990-91 TrustCompatriot_1990
40
WVS2 item 341
Trust in people Public opinion; single question:
1-have to be carefull
2-dont know
3-most people can be trusted
1981 TrustPeople_1981
24
??
1990 TrustPeople_1990
43
??
1995 TrustPeople_1995
50
??
Trust in official institutons
(church, school, etc)
Public opinion. "Please look at this card and tell me, for each item listed, how much confidence you have in them. Is it a great deal, quite a lot, not very much or none at all?"
A) The church, B) The armed forces, C) The education system, D) The legal system, E) The press, F) Trade unions, G) The police, H) Parliament, I) Civil service, J) Major companies, K) The social security, L) TV/European Community, M) NATO, N) The [own, national] political system
1990-93 TrustInstitutions_1990
30
WVS2 items 272-285
Same question as TRUST190 for: The churches; The armed forces; The legal system; The press; Television; Labour unions; The police; The government [in your capital]; Political parties; Parliament; The civil service; Major companies; The Green/Ecology movement; The Women's movement; The European Union/Nafta/El Tratadi de libre comercio/Organization of African Unity/Mercosur/South Asian association for regional co-operation/Andean pact/Asean/Organizacion de estados Americanos; The United Nations 1995-98 TrustInstitutions_1995
49
WVS3 items 135-150
1990-98 TrustInstitutions_1990s
62
Mean 1990-95

Indexes

Variable Measurement Era SPSS code
N
Source
Harmony among individuals Index of security and trust using data on general social trust from a wide variety of surveys, indicators of trustworthiness such as reported levels of crime victimisation, survey responses on feelings of safety and security in one’s neighbourhood, data on the incidence of homicide, and risk reports on the likelihood of physical attack, extortion, or robbery 1988-1992 SafetyTrust_1990
ISD website
2008-2010 SafetyTrust_2010
ISD website

Related variables:
National pride: topic Attitudes
Related topics:
Attitudes
Beliefs
Crime
Tolerance
Related themes:
Social climate
Social cohesion
Values

States of Nations is an inventory of country characteristics. It is part of the World Database of Happiness


Keywords added: Cross-national, Culture, Conflict, Confidence, Faith, Distrust