Tarry for the Nonce

September 15, 2005

Who Runs Your World?

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 5:48 pm

Distrust of politicians isn’t limited to the United States:

One of the most striking findings was international disillusionment with politicians. They achieved extremely low confidence ratings, with only 13 percent trusting them.

Two out of three people polled around the globe felt unrepresented by their governments.

The exceptions were South Africans, Israelis and Scandinavians. Most of these believed their governments were in tune with the people . . .

As technology shrinks the world to a global village, patriotism is still a strong force, with feelings of national identity strongest in Latin America, Southeast Asia and East Africa.

Muslims and Protestants were the most likely to trust religious leaders and give them more power. Jews appeared to be the most positive about being able to change their own lives.

Throughout Africa, religion plays an extremely important role, particularly in Nigeria where an overwhelming 85 percent backed their church leaders. Religion also achieved high ratings in the lives of Americans and Canadians.

In stark contrast, the Japanese are shown to be deeply suspicious of authority with only journalists and business leaders gaining any substantial credibility.

In Europe there is a low level of trust in all types of leaders — military, political, religious, business and media.

In India, Pakistan and Vietnam, the majority believe there is little they can do to change their lives.

Those were the points that interested me the most. Analysis?

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1 Comment

  1. It all depends on the history of the country, I think.

    Comment by Alistair A. — September 19, 2005 @ 4:39 pm


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