Trust in the UK

July 29th, 2014 § 1 comment

Alex at TYR discovers that we have become more trusting since the ’80s.

He’s taken a bunch of polls on which professions are trusted, and compared those for ’83-93 against those for ’03-’13. Trade Unionists are now much more trusted, presumably becuase they have been entirely defanged. Likewise civil servants, although they’re still trucking along more-or-less as they were.

Overall, though, it seems we now have a lot more faith in our institutions. So much for the idea that the center is falling apart, and society is fragmenting into mutually-suspicious subcultures.

  • Alexander Harrowell

    More specifically, we seem to trust institutions much more and each other much less. Religion has taken a huge hit and so, oddly, has TV although it doesn’t make the arbitrary 1 rho cut.

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