Eurobarometer Data Service

Trust in National and International Institutions

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Eurobarometer 24

How much do you trust the (national government) to do what is right? Do you trust it just about always, most of the time, only some of the time, or almost never?

Eurobarometer 48 ff.

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.

  • The press
  • The Radio
  • Television
  • The Internet 
  • Online Social Networks [starting with EB 82.3]
  • The Justice (the (national) legal) system
  • The police
  • The army
  • The church [56.2 ff.: The religious institutions]
  • Trade unions
  • Political parties
  • The Civil service
  • Big companies 
  • Small companies / SMEs [EB 74.2]
  • The (national) government 
  • The national Parliament (use proper name)
  • The European Union 
  • The United Nations
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (or NGOs)
  • Charitable [51 ff.: or voluntary] organizations 
  • The educational system
  • Consumer Associations 
  • The Council of your city/village 
  • Regional and local public authorities 
  • NATO 
ZA Study NumberEurobarometerFieldwork MonthFieldwork YearQuestion NumberVariable Name (1)
15422410-111985Q.162 (2)V24
295948.010-111997Q.6a-qV46-V62
308650.111-121998Q.59a-d (5)  
317151.03-41999Q.6a-q 
338754.111-122000Q.59 
330755.14-52001Q.10 
362756.210-112001Q.34 
363957.13-52002Q.8 
390459.13-42003Q.4 
393860.110-112003Q.6 
4056612-32004Q.7 
422962.010-112004Q.10 
441163.45-62005QA7 
441464.210-112005QA7 
450665.23-52006QA10 
452666.19-102006QA6 
452866.311-122006QA18 
453067.24-52007QA16 
456568.19-112007QA8   
474469.13-52008QA12 
481970.110-112008QA12 
497171.11-22009QA9 
497371.3 6-7 2009 QA14 (8)    
497572.18-92009QA17(8)/QA18 
499472.410-112009QA10 
523473.452010QA14     
523774.18-92010QA17(8) 
544974.211-122010QA12a/b 
548175.352011QA13  
556776.3112011QA10 
561277.352012QA13  
568578.1112012QA11 
568979.352013QA12 
587680.1112013QA10 
591381.232014QA7 
592881.45-62014QA9 
593282.3112014QA8 
599883.352015QA8 
664384.3112015QA8 
669485.252016QA8 
678886.2112016QA8 
686387.352017QA8 
692888.3112017QA8 
696389.132018QA8 
748990.3112018QA8 
756291.232019QA3 

 

Trust in European Institutions

Eurobarometer 41 to 45

Many important decisions are made by the European Union. They might be in the interest of the of people like yourself, or they might not. To what extent do you feel you can rely on each of the following institutions to make sure that the decisions taken by this institution are in the interest of people like yourself (can rely on it / cannot rely on it)?

Eurobarometer 51.0 ff.
Follow-up question to 'awareness' (and 'perceived importance') of these institutions:

Have you ever heard of (European Institutions)? ... and for each of them, please tell me if you tend to trust it or tend not to trust it.

  • The national Parliament (only up to EB 45)
  • The (national) government (only up to EB 45)
  • The European Parliament
  • The European Commission
  • The Council of Ministers of the European Union
  • The (European) Court of Justice (of the European Union) 
  • The European Ombudsman
  • The European Central Bank
  • The European Court of Auditors 
  • The Committee of the Regions of the European Union 
  • The (European) Social and Economic Committee (of the European Union) 
  • The Convention on the future of the European Union 

SEE: "Level of citizens' confidence in EU institutions" time series data provided by EUROSTAT (tables, graphs and maps).

ZA Study NumberEurobarometerFieldwork MonthFieldwork YearQuestion NumberVariable Name (1)
249141.16-71994Q.33 (3)V103-V108
25634211-121994Q.77V306-V310
263743.14-51995Q.37V329-V333
269044.111-121995Q.34V342-V346
282844.2bis21996Q.39V467-V471
283145.14-51996Q.25<not available>
317151.03-41999Q.16c 
320452.010-111999Q.28 (4) 
3296533-42000Q.27 
338754.111-122000Q.26 
350755.14-52001Q.24 
362756.210-112001Q.26 
363957.13-52002Q.21 
369358.110-112002Q.21 
390459.13-42003Q.17 
393860.110-112003Q.22 
4056612-32004Q.23 
422962.010-112004Q.29 
423162.211-122004QA2 
441163.45-62005QA23 (6) 
441464.210-112005QA27 (6) 
450665.23-52006QA25 
452666.19-102006QA19 (6)   
453067.24-52007QA15 
456568.19-112007QA16   
474469.23-52008QA18 
481970.110-112008QA18 
497171.11-22009QA14 (7) 
497371.36-72009QA14 
499472.410-112009QA14 
523473.42010 QA18  
544974.211-122010QA17 
548175.352011QA17 
556776.352011QA14 
561277.352012QA17  
568578.1112012QA16  
568979.352013QA18  
587680.1112013QA15 
501381.232014QA10 
592881.45-62014QA15 
592382.3112014QA17 
599883.352015QA16 
659684.192015QP8 (9) 
664384.3112015QA13 
669485.252016QA15 
678886.2112016QA15 
686387.352017QA14 
692888.3112017QA14 
696389.132018QA14 
748990.3112018QA13 

(1) Please note that the variable names refer to the final ICPSR/ZA codebook editions, if available.

(2) Notice different question and answer wording! Only asked in Germany, France, Italy, Great Britain and Spain.

(3) 10-point-scale: 1. Cannot rely on it at all ... 10. Can rely on it completely.
/ 1. Do not trust at all ... 10. Trust completely

(4) Followed by the additional question: And, for each of them, please tell me if you are tending to put more trust or tending to put less trust in?

(5) Please tell me how much you trust each of the following? a) your local (city, town, village) government; b) your regional government; c) your national government; d) the European Union. Answer categories: a lot/a great deal of trust, some/a little trust, not very much trust, no trust at all.

(6) Two items modified: - The Council of the European Union; - The Court of Justice of the European Communities

(7) Preceding question on "awareness" dropped.

(8) 10-point-scale: "Please tell me how much you personally trust each of the following institutions using a scale from 1 to 10 where [1] means ‘you do not trust the institution at all' and [10] means ‘you trust it completely'." Two items only: - national parliament, - national government.

(9) Only one item: European Parliament