Trust in Judiciary

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

General Trust in Judiciary

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? Justice / the [Nationality] legal system. 0 = tend to not trust, 1 = tend to trust

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

What about the following institutions? How much of the time can you trust them to do what is right? The courts of law (Alternative: The criminal justice system). 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 judicial system of [Country] (courts, prosecutor’s office) 0 = not trust at all, 1 = rather not trust, 2 = rather trust, 3 = fully trust

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 courts of law. 0 = not at all, 1 = a little bit, 2 = a lot, 3 = a very 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 courts and legal system (Alternative: Justice system). 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 courts (Alternative: Courts and legal system). 0 = none at all, 1 = not very much, 2 = quite a lot, 3 = a great deal

I will name a number of institutions, and I would like you to tell me to what extent you trust each of them: The judiciary (Alternative: The courts). 0 = absolutely do not trust it, 1 = I trust it to a limited extent, 2 = I trust it to a medium extent, 3 = I trust it to a great extent

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 legal system. 0 = don’t trust at all, 1 = don’t really trust, 2 = trust to a degree, 3 = trust a lot

I’m going to read out a list of [National] institutions and organisations. For each one please tell me how much confidence or trust you have in them in [Country]. (Alternative: I would now like to read you a list of [National] institutions and organisations. For each one please tell me how much confidence or trust you have in them in [Country]). The legal system (Alternative: The law courts). 0 = no trust, 1 = a little trust, 2 = some trust, 3 = a lot of trust

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? Judiciary. 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. Judiciary. 0 = not at all, 1 = a little, 2 = somewhat, 3 = very much

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

To what extent do you have trust in the following bodies or persons: The courts. 0 = not at all, 1 = little trust, 2 = certain trust, 3 = strong trust

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]: Courts. 0 = no confidence at all, 1 = not too much confidence, 2 = some confidence, 3 = a lot of confidence

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?) Courts (Alternative: Courts of law). 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? The courts of law. 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 courts. 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, how much trust you personally trust or distrust the following institutions in [your Country]. Courts and judiciary in [my country]. 0 = completely distrust, 1 = rather distrust, 2 = rather trust, 3 = completely trust

What about the following institutions? How much of the time can you trust them to do what is right? Justice department. 0 = very little, 1 = some, 2 = quite a lot, 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…). Court system (Alternative: Justice system; The government justice system). 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: Legal system. 0 = fully distrust, 1 = somewhat distrust, 2 = neither trust nor distrust, 3 = somewhat trust, 4 = fully trust

How much confidence do you have in the courts and legal system? 0 = none at all, 1 = not very much confidence, 2 = quite a lot of confidence, 3 = a great deal, 4 = complete confidence

How much confidence do you have in courts and the legal system? 0 = no confidence at all, 1 = very little confidence, 2 = some confidence, 3 = a great deal of confidence, 4 = complete confidence

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

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? Courts. 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

To what extent do you trust the following institutions? Courts. 0 = very untrustworthy, 1 = untrustworthy, 2 = neutral, 3 = trustworthy, 4 = very trustworthy

To what extent do you trust the following institutions? The courts. 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 courts. 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?) Courts (Alternative: Justice system). 0 = no trust, 6 = great trust

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

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)). Courts. 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). Courts. 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. The legal system. 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? Courts. 0 = no confidence, 10 = a very great deal

Using this card, please tell me on a score of 0–10 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 legal system. 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. The courts. 0 = no trust at all, 10 = very strong trust

Trust in Judges

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

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. Judges and courts. 0 = completely distrust, 1 = mostly distrust, 2 = neither, 3 = mostly trust, 4 = completely trust

Trust in National Court

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? [Name Highest National Court]. 0 = hardly any confidence, 1 = only some confidence, 2 = great deal of confidence

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 High Court]. 0 = not at all, 1 = a little bit, 2 = a lot, 3 = a very great deal

What about the following institutions? How much of the time can you trust them to do what is right? Supreme Court. 0 = very little, 1 = some, 2 = quite a lot, 3 = a great deal

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?) Constitutional court. 0 = no trust, 6 = great trust

To what extent do you trust the [Name of High Court]? 0 = not at all, 6 = a lot

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? High Court. 0 = no confidence, 10 = a very great deal