Trust in Government

Trust in government survey items are classified based on the level, type, or aspect of government the questions ask about. They can ask about trust in general, trust in specific levels of government, or trust in officials within different parts of government. We create separate survey item classifications whenever the focus of the question changes in a substantive way.

General Trust in Government

How much do you trust each of the following, or haven’t you heard enough about them to say? (Alternative: How much do you trust each of the following? Not at all, just a little bit, somewhat, a lot). The government. 0 = not at all, 1 = a little bit, 2 = a lot, 3 = a very great deal

I am going to name a number of organizations. For each one, please tell me how much trust you have in them. Government (Alternative: Council of Ministers). 0 = none at all, 1 = not very much, 2 = quite a lot, 3 = a great deal

I would like to ask you, how much trust you personally trust or distrust the following institutions in [your Country]. Government. 0 = completely distrust, 1 = rather distrust, 2 = rather trust, 3 = completely trust

Now I’d like to ask how much you feel you can trust some people and other things. Please could you choose the answer that best represents your opinion. The government. 0 = completely distrust, 1 = mostly distrust, 2 = neither, 3 = mostly trust, 4 = completely trust

And how much do you agree or disagree with these opinions? Please tick one box in each row. You can trust the government to do what is right most of the time. 0 = strongly disagree, 1 = disagree, 2 = neither, 3 = agree, 4 = strongly agree

The government of your country is (recoded): 0 = not at all trustworthy, 4 = completely trustworthy

To what extent do you trust each of the following institutions to look after your interests? Please indicate on a scale with 0 indicating no trust at all and 6 for great trust (recoded). (Alternative: To what extent do you trust each of these political institutions to look after your interests?; To what extent do you trust the following groups in society to look after your interests?) The government. 0 = no trust, 6 = great trust

To what extent do you trust each of the following organisations that I am going to list? In your evaluation please use a 7-point scale in which 0 means no trust at all and 6 means complete trust (recoded). Government. 0 = no trust, 6 = complete trust

Below is a list of institutions. For each one, please indicate how much you trust that institution to do what is right using a nine-point scale where zero means that you do not trust them at all and eight means that you trust them a great deal (recoded). Government in general. 0 = do not trust at all, 9 = trust a great deal

Please tell me how much you personally trust each of the following institutions using a scale from 0 to 9, where 0 means you do not trust the institution at all and 9 means you trust it completely. The government. 0 = do not trust at all, 9 = trust completely

Using this card, please tell me on a score of 0 to 10 how much you personally trust each of the institutions I read out. 0 means you do not trust an institution at all, and 10 means you have complete trust. The government. 0 = no trust at all, 10 = complete trust

Trust in Local Government

I would like to ask you a question about how much trust you have in certain institutions. For each of the following institutions, please tell me if you tend to trust it or tend not to trust it? Local government. 0 = tend to not trust, 1 = tend to trust

Do you trust the local government? 0 = no, .1 = somewhat, 2 = yes

I am going to name some institutions in this country. As far as the people running these institutions are concerned, would you say you have a great deal of confidence, only some confidence, or hardly any confidence at all in them? Local government. 0 = hardly any confidence, 1 = only some confidence, 2 = great deal of confidence

How much of the time can you trust your local government to do what is right? (Alternative: How much of the time do you think you can trust the local government here in [Name of Local Government Unit] to do what is right? 1 = (almost) never, 2 = only some of the time, 3 = most of the time, 4 = just about always

How much do you trust each of the following, or haven’t you heard enough about them to say? (Alternative: How much do you trust each of the following? Not at all, just a little bit, somewhat, a lot). [Local Government Body – often Local Council]. 0 = not at all, 1 = a little bit, 2 = a lot, 3 = a very great deal

Please tell me how much you trust each of the following? (Alternative: I am going to name a number of organizations. For each one, please tell me how much trust you have in them.) Local government. 0 = none at all, 1 = not very much, 2 = quite a lot, 3 = a great deal

Please tell me how much you trust each of the following? (Alternative: I am going to name a number of organizations. For each one, please tell me how much trust you have in them.) Local government [name of municipality]. 0 = none at all, 1 = not very much, 2 = quite a lot, 3 = a great deal

Please indicate to what extent you trust the following institutions to operate in the best interests of society. If you don’t know what to reply or have no particular opinion, please say so. Your local government. 0 = don’t trust at all, 1 = don’t really trust, 2 = trust to a degree, 3 = trust a lot

Please look at this card and tell me how much confidence you have in each of the following groups, institutions or persons mentioned on the list. (Alternative: Please look at this card and tell me, how much trust you have in each of the following groups/institutions; How much would you say that you trust the following people or groups? Local government. 0 = no confidence, 1 = a little, 2 = some, 3 = a lot

Now I shall read a list of institutions. Please tell me how much you trust each of them. Communal Administration where I live. 0 = not at all, 1 = a little, 2 = somewhat, 3 = very much

How much do you trust the following institutions? (Alternative: How much do you trust the following social institutions? How much do you trust the following non-governmental institutions? How much do you trust the following?) Local government (Alternative: District Assemblies). 0 = I do not trust them at all, 1 = I distrust them somewhat, 2 = I trust them somewhat, 3 = I trust them a lot

I am now going to read you a list of people and organizations. How much do you trust each of them to do what is right? Local district councils (Local Council Vs in Uganda). 0 = I do not trust them at all, 1 = I distrust them somewhat, 2 = I trust them somewhat, 3 = I trust them a lot

How much trust and confidence you have in the following institutions to do a good job in [Country] whilst carrying out their responsibilities? (Alternative: Overall, how much trust and confidence do you have in the following to do a good job in [ Country ] and act in a fair manner whilst carrying out their responsibilities? The local government. 0 = no trust at all, 1 = not very much trust, 2 = a fair amount of trust, 3 = a great deal of trust

I would like to ask you about some officials, institutions and organizations in our country. I will read these out to you. As I read out each, please tell me how much confidence you have in each of the institutions and organizations and officials to perform their jobs. Do you have a great deal of trust, a fair amount of trust, not very much trust, or no trust at all in… (Alternative: Do you have a great deal of confidence, a fair amount of confidence, not very much confidence, or no confidence at all in…). District government. 0 = no trust at all, 1 = not very much trust, 2 = a fair amount of trust, 3 = a great deal of trust

I will read out a list of social institutions and political unions. Please, assess your trust toward each of them on a 5-point scale, where 0 means fully distrust, and 4 means fully trust. Local government. 0 = fully distrust, 1 = somewhat distrust, 2 = neither trust nor distrust, 3 = somewhat trust, 4 = fully trust

Indicate the extent to which you trust or distrust the following institutions in [Country] at present. Your local government. 0 = strongly distrust, 1 = distrust, 2 = neither trust nor distrust, 3 = trust, 4 = strongly trust

How much of the time do you think you can trust the local government to do what is right? 0 = never, 1 = hardly ever, 2 = some of the time, 3 = most of the time, 4 = always

To what extent do you trust the following institutions? Your local government. 0 = complete distrust, 1 = some distrust, 2 = neither trust nor distrust, 3 = some trust, 4 = complete trust

I am going to name a number of organizations. For each one, please tell me how much trust you have in them. Local government. 0 = distrust fully, 1 = distrust a lot, 2 = distrust somewhat, 3 = trust somewhat, 4 = trust a lot, 5 = trust fully

To what extent do you trust each of the following institutions to look after your interests? Please indicate on a scale with 0 indicating no trust at all and 6 for great trust (recoded). (Alternative: To what extent do you trust each of these political institutions to look after your interests?; To what extent do you trust the following groups in society to look after your interests?) Local government (Alternative: City/town/village council). 0 = no trust, 6 = great trust

To what extent do you trust each of the following organisations that I am going to list? In your evaluation please use a 7-point scale in which 0 means no trust at all and 6 means complete trust (recoded). Local authorities. 0 = no trust, 6 = complete trust

Please tell me how much you personally trust each of the following institutions using a scale from 0 to 9, where 0 means you do not trust the institution at all and 9 means you trust it completely. Local (municipal) government. 0 = do not trust at all, 9 = trust completely

On a scale of 0 to 10 where 0 means no confidence and 10 means a great deal of confidence, what do you think of the following? Local government. 0 = no confidence, 10 = a very great deal

Using this card, please tell me on a score of 0 to 10 how much you personally trust each of the institutions I read out. 0 means you do not trust an institution at all, and 10 means you have complete trust. Local government. 0 = no trust at all, 10 = complete trust

I will now read out the names of different institutions such as the police, government, civil service, etc. Please tell me how strongly you personally trust each of these institutions. [Name of municipal board] 0 = no trust at all, 10 = very strong trust

Trust in Local Government Officials

How much do you trust local councillors of any party to place the needs of their area above the interests of their own political party?) 0 = (almost) never, 1 = only some of the time, 2 = most of the time, 3 = just about always

How much confidence do you have in the following? (Alternative: For questions A through O, how well do you trust them?) Members of municipal councils. 0 = not very much, 1 = some, 2 = very much

How much do you trust the following people? Local government officials. 0 = not at all, 1 = not very much, 2 = to some extent, 3 = a great deal

Trust in State Government

I would like to ask you a question about how much trust you have in certain institutions. For each of the following institutions, please tell me if you tend to trust it or tend not to trust it? Regional public authorities. 0 = tend to not trust, 1 = tend to trust

How much of the time can you trust the [Province] government to do what is right? 1 = (almost) never, 2 = only some of the time, 3 = most of the time, 4 = just about always

How much do you trust each of the following, or haven’t you heard enough about them to say? (Alternative: How much do you trust each of the following? Not at all, just a little bit, somewhat, a lot). [Name of state/provincial/district body]. 0 = not at all, 1 = a little bit, 2 = a lot, 3 = a very great deal

Please tell me how much you trust each of the following? (Alternative: I am going to name a number of organizations. For each one, please tell me how much trust you have in them.) Regional government. 0 = none at all, 1 = not very much, 2 = quite a lot, 3 = a great deal

I am going to name a number of organizations. For each one, could you tell me how much confidence you have in them. (Alternative: Please look at this card and tell me, for each item listed, how much confidence you have in them; Please indicate how much confidence you have in the following institutions; Please indicate how much confidence you have in the following). The provincial government. 0 = none at all, 1 = not very much, 2 = quite a lot, 3 = a great deal

I am going to read you a list of groups and organizations. Please tell me how much confidence you have in each group to do the right thing for [Country]: State governments. 0 = no confidence at all, 1 = not too much confidence, 2 = some confidence, 3 = a lot of confidence

Now I shall read a list of institutions. Please tell me how much you trust each of them. Regional administration where I live. 0 = not at all, 1 = a little, 2 = somewhat, 3 = very much

I would like to ask you about some officials, institutions and organizations in our country. I will read these out to you. As I read out each, please tell me how much confidence you have in each of the institutions and organizations and officials to perform their jobs. Do you have a great deal of trust, a fair amount of trust, not very much trust, or no trust at all in… (Alternative: Do you have a great deal of confidence, a fair amount of confidence, not very much confidence, or no confidence at all in…). Provincial Government. 0 = no trust at all, 1 = not very much trust, 2 = a fair amount of trust, 3 = a great deal of trust

Trust in State Government Officials

To what extent do you trust the District Commissioner? 0 = not at all, 6 = a lot

Trust in National Government

I would like to ask you a question about how much trust you have in certain institutions. For each of the following institutions, please tell me if you tend to trust it or tend not to trust it? The [National] government. 0 = tend to not trust, 1 = tend to trust

In this country, do you have confidence in… the national government? 0 = no, 1 = yes

How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in [Capital] to do what is right? 0 = only some of the time, 1 = most of the time, 2 = just about always

I am going to name some institutions in this country. As far as the people running these institutions are concerned, would you say you have a great deal of confidence, only some confidence, or hardly any confidence at all in them? The government. 0 = hardly any confidence, 1 = only some confidence, 2 = great deal of confidence

How much of the time can you trust the government in [Capital] to do what is right? (Alternative: How much of the time do you think you can trust the government to put the country’s needs first?; How often do you think the government in [Capital] can be trusted to do the right thing for the [National] people?; How much do you trust [National] governments of any political party to place the needs of the nation above the interests of their own political party?) 0 = (almost) never, 1 = only some of the time, 2 = most of the time, 3 = just about always

Generally speaking, to what extent do you trust or distrust the following institutions in our country? The government of [Country] 0 = not trust at all, 1 = rather not trust, 2 = rather trust, 3 = fully trust

Please tell me how much you trust each of the following? (Alternative: I am going to name a number of organizations. For each one, please tell me how much trust you have in them.) The national government. 0 = none at all, 1 = not very much, 2 = quite a lot, 3 = a great deal

How much confidence do you have in the following organisations? (Alternative: I am going to name a number of organizations. For each one, could you tell me how much confidence you have in them; Please look at this card and tell me, for each item listed, how much confidence you have in them; Please indicate how much confidence you have in the following institutions). The [Federal/National] government [in Capital]. 0 = none at all, 1 = not very much, 2 = quite a lot, 3 = a great deal

I am going to name a number of organizations. For each one, please tell me how much trust you have in them. The national government in [Capital] city. 0 = none at all, 1 = not very much, 2 = quite a lot, 3 = a great deal

Please indicate to what extent you trust the following institutions to operate in the best interests of society. If you don’t know what to reply or have no particular opinion, please say so. The central government. 0 = do not trust at all, 1 = do not really trust, 2 = trust to a degree, 3 = trust a lot

Please look at this card and tell me how much confidence you have in each of the following groups, institutions or persons mentioned on the list. (Alternative: Please look at this card and tell me, how much trust you have in each of the following groups/institutions; How much would you say that you trust the following people or groups? The national government. 0 = no confidence, 1 = a little, 2 = some, 3 = a lot
it_gv704m | Trust in National Government
In order to get ahead, people need to have confidence and to feel that they can trust themselves and others. To what degree do you feel you trust the following totally, to a certain point, a little or not at all? National government. 0 = not at all, 1 = little, 2 = to a certain point, 3 = totally

I will name a list of institutions. For each, please indicate whether you tend to trust it or tend not to trust it. The national government. 0 = distrust it greatly, 1 = tend to distrust it, 2 = tend to trust it, 3 = trust it a great deal

Now I am going to read you a list of groups and organizations. Please tell me how much confidence you have in each group to do the right thing for [Country]: (Alternative: How much do you trust the national government to do what is right for [Country] — a lot, somewhat, not much, or not at all?) Our national government. 0 = no confidence at all, 1 = not too much confidence, 2 = some confidence, 3 = a lot of confidence

How much trust and confidence you have in the following institutions to do a good job in [Country] whilst carrying out their responsibilities? (Alternative: Overall, how much trust and confidence do you have in the following to do a good job in [Country] and act in a fair manner whilst carrying out their responsibilities? The national government (including politicians, public servants or any kind of government agency). 0 = no trust at all, 1 = not very much trust, 2 = a fair amount of trust, 3 = a great deal of trust

How often do you trust the government in [Capital] to make a fair decision? 0 = never, 1 = once in a while, 2 = about half the time, 3 = most of the time, 4 = always

I will read out a list of social institutions and political unions. Please, assess your trust toward each of them on a 5-point scale, where 0 means fully distrust, and 4 means fully trust. The [Central/National/Federal/Commonwealth] government. 0 = fully distrust, 1 = somewhat distrust, 2 = neither trust nor distrust, 3 = somewhat trust, 4 = fully trust

How often can you trust the [national/federal] government in [Capital] to do what is right? 0 = never, 1 = some of the time, 2 = about half the time, 3 = most of the time, 4 = always

I am going to ask you how much trust you have in various people and institutions in [Country]. In each case please choose a phrase from the card. First of all, what about [Country] government in general? How much do you trust it? 0 = not at all, 1 = not very much, 2 = some, 3 = quite a lot, 4 = a great deal

Indicate the extent to which you trust or distrust the following institutions in [Country] at present. National government. 0 = strongly distrust, 1 = distrust, 2 = neither trust nor distrust, 3 = trust, 4 = strongly trust
it_gv705m | Trust in National Government
How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in [Capital] to do what is right? 0 = never, 1 = rarely, 2 = sometimes, 3 = often, 4 = very often

I am going to name some institutions in this country. Using the answers from the card, would you say you have definitely a great deal of confidence, only some confidence, neither confidence nor lack thereof, not much confidence, or definitely no confidence? The government. 0 = definitely no confidence, 1 = not much confidence, 2 = neither confidence nor lack thereof, 3 = only some confidence, 4 = definitely a great deal of confidence

How much of the time do you think you can trust the national government to do what is right? 0 = never, 1 = hardly ever, 2 = some of the time, 3 = most of the time, 4 = always

To what extent do you trust the following institutions? The national government/cabinet of ministers. 0 = complete distrust, 1 = some distrust, 2 = neither trust nor distrust, 3 = some trust, 4 = complete trust

I am going to name a number of organizations. For each one, please tell me how much trust you have in them. The government in [capital city]. 0 = distrust fully, 1 = distrust a lot, 2 = distrust somewhat, 3 = trust somewhat, 4 = trust a lot, 5 = trust fully

There are various public institutions in [Country] such as legislative and executive bodies, courts, and police. Please indicate your trust in them on this scale, where 0 denotes minimum distrust and 6 indicates maximum trust (recoded). (Alternative: To what extent do you trust different institutions in our society? Please show me on this 7-point scale, where 0 represents no trust and 6 great trust (recoded)). Government. 0 = no trust, 6 = great trust

On a scale of 0 to 10 where 0 means no confidence and 10 means a very great deal of confidence, what do you think of the following? (Alternative: Now, thinking about [National] political institutions like Parliament, please use the 0 to 10 scale to indicate how much trust you have for each of the following, where 0 means no trust and 10 means a great deal of trust.) The government. 0 = no confidence, 10 = a very great deal

Trust in National Government Officials

How much do you trust the following people? The national government officials. 0 = not at all, 1 = not very much, 2 = to some extent, 3 = a great deal

I would like to ask you about some officials, institutions and organizations in our country. I will read these out to you. As I read out each, please tell me how much confidence you have in each of the institutions and organizations and officials to perform their jobs. Do you have a great deal of trust, a fair amount of trust, not very much trust, or no trust at all in… (Alternative: Do you have a great deal of confidence, a fair amount of confidence, not very much confidence, or no confidence at all in…). Government Ministers. 0 = no trust at all, 1 = not very much trust, 2 = a fair amount of trust, 3 = a great deal of trust