Icelanders Trust Police Far More than Politicians Or the Media - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelanders Trust Police Far More than Politicians Or the Media

Published May 19, 2010

According to a new poll released by Market and Media Research, Icelanders trust the police force far more than they trust the media, members of parliament, and certainly the banks.
The poll asked respondents how much they trusted various institutions in Iceland. Divided between “much trust” and “little trust”, the results show the following:
78.9% said they trusted the police a great deal, while only 7.4% said they trusted them little. The only institution to come close to that level of trust was the University of Iceland, trusted a great deal by 69.7% of respondents. The University of Reykjavík and the government broadcasting system RÚV follow behind them, with much trust from 54.2% and 51.8% of respondents, respectively.
After that point, though, it’s pretty much all downhill. No one ranked over 30%, and in fact, the ruling coalition of the Social Democrats and the Leftist-Greens only enjoys a lot of trust from 19.3% of those polled, with 58.9% saying they trusted them little. That’s still better than the media fared, who came in just after the Central Bank (ouch) at 15.4%.
Opposition parties – comprised mostly of the conservatives who ruined this country – came in after them, with the trust of 14% of respondents. Parliament in general is only trusted a great deal by 10.5% of those polled, though.
Coming in dead last was – big surprise here – the banking system. Only 4.6% said they still trusted it a great deal, while 77.8% said they trusted it very little.

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