Pollup Survey: Citizens’ confidence in decision-makers has increased significantly in recent years

While in 2016 only 26 per cent of respondents had very or fairly high confidence in national decision-makers, this year the corresponding figure was 51 per cent.

Citizens Confidence in decision-makers has increased in recent years, according to a survey by the Municipal Sector Development Foundation.

According to a survey conducted in June 2021, 58 percent of respondents had very or fairly much confidence in the decision-makers in their home community.

Confidence in national decision-makers was found in 51% of respondents and in European Union decision-makers in 39%.

Studies have clearly risen from surveys conducted in 2017 and 2016. As late as 2016, only 33 percent of respondents had very or fairly much confidence in the decision-makers in their home community.

The number of those who trusted national decision-makers was even lower in 2016, with only 26 per cent of respondents. In 2016, only 18% of respondents trusted European Union decision-makers.

Confidence in both municipal and national decision-makers has thus increased by 25 percentage points since 2016. The corresponding increase in confidence in European Union decision-makers has been 21 percentage points.

Party position according to the survey, has a significant effect on how much the respondent trusts decision-makers.

Among the parliamentary parties, supporters of basic Finns had the least confidence in decision-makers. 39 per cent of the respondents of Basic Finns trusted the decision-makers of their home country, but only 17 per cent of the national decision-makers and 6 per cent of the European Union decision-makers.

The supporters of the center had the most confidence in the decision-makers of their home community. As many as 79 percent of them said they trusted very or quite a lot in the decision-makers in their home community. However, the confidence of supporters of the center is declining when it comes to national or EU decision-makers.

National decision-makers trusted 55% of the centre’s supporters and European Union decision-makers 31%.

SDP supporters had the most confidence in national decision-makers. Of these, 82 percent trusted national decision-makers. Supporters of both the SDP and the Greens had the most confidence in the European Union’s decision-makers. 60% of them said they trusted EU decision-makers.

Trust was also affected by the defendant’s domicile. Residents of rural municipalities had more than average confidence in decision-makers in their home communities, but less than average in decision-makers in the European Union.

Confidence in decision-makers in the country and the European Union, on the other hand, was stronger than average in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

Confidence in European Union decision-makers in particular was also affected by the age of the respondents. Fifty-three percent of 18- to 30-year-olds said they trusted EU decision-makers, while parents aged between 33 and 37 percent.

The survey was conducted by Kantar TSN and the margin of error of the survey was at its highest at the level of the entire data, almost three percentage points in its direction.

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