India emerges as the most trusted nation in latest Forbes list

The latest edition of the OECD’s Government at a Glance report has ranked India as the most trusted nation with 73 per cent of the people voting for the current government.

According to a list published by Forbes using the OECD’s report as source, India is at the top when it comes to the people’s confidence in the government with Canada following with 62 percent approval from the people.

India beat out countries like the UK and the US, which received 41 per cent and 30 percent, respectively. The people’s confidence in the government can be clearly attributed to the popularity and trust in the Modi government which came to power in 2014. The Forbes list carried forward a similar pattern seen in the Edelman Trust Barometer that was published in January 2017.

The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer had reported that India is the most trusted nation in terms of its institutions by general population even as there was a slight decline in trust globally. The report also stated that the Indian government was the second most trusted after China.

The conclusions of the Edelman Trust Barometer were based on an online survey of more than 33,000 respondents conducted October and November 2016. The survey measured the people’s trust in government institutions, media, businesses and NGOs.

In terms of institutions, 72 per cent of the respondents felt that the India’s institutions could be trusted. India was followed by Indonesia and China with 69 per cent and 67 per cent of the respondents, respectively, feeling the same while Singapore and UAE received 60 per cent.

China topped the rankings with 76 per cent of the respondents in terms of trusting the government while India followed with 75 per cent of the respondents feeling so. UAE followed with 75 per cent, the same as India while Indonesia and Singapore rounded the top five with 71 per cent and 69 percent respectively.

However, globally, the trust level decreased to 47 per cent in 2017 from 50 per cent in 2016. Out of the 28 countries included in the survey, there was distrust in 75 per cent of the nations. Additionally the report also noted that credibility in business leaders had plummeted globally to an all-time low of 37 percent.

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