OECD: A Matter of Trust (I)

Questions as listed below were asked, and a score of 0-10 was given. The number below here shows the mean value of  score of the people given in the survey in the respective country.

1. Most people can be trusted or you can’t be too careful (10 being most people can be trusted):

Danish trusted people most among the countries selected above. Apparently the countries at top rank for this survey question belong to Scandinavians like Norway, Finland, Iceland and Sweden. Is there any explanation for this phenomenon? On the other hand, people in countries like Turkey, Portugal, Greece and Hungary tend not to trust and be careful to others. Does it have something to do with the lower national income?

2. Most people try to take advantage of you, or try to be fair (10 being most people try to be fair):

The same pattern is observed for this question as well: it is probably true that if you would tend to trust someone who you believe that they won’t take advantage on you. So, this result tend to echo the opinion like question above. Again, Danish tend to believe that people are trying to be fair (and not likely to take advantage of them), so do most of the people in Scandinavian countries as well.

3. Most of the time people helpful or mostly looking out for themselves (10 being most of the time people helpful):

Irish has the most optimistic outlook of human nature on people helping others, followed by people in Iceland, Denmark, and Norway. Greece, Turkey, Portugal and Hungary are at the bottom of the league, again. The very first thing come across in mind for the common attribute shared by these countries is lower income. How income is influencing (if it is the reason) the trust in other people, believe that one is trying to be fair or taking advatange of you, or they are looking out themselves or helping others?

Source: European Social Survey, 2004

1 Comment

  1. May 16, 2007 at 3:19 am

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