Malaysia Survey 2007: Trust in Political Institutions

In Asian Barometer Survey conducted in Malaysia year 2007, the respondents were asked about their trust in the following political institutions:

Political institutions Great deal   Quite a lot   Not much   None  Cannot decide  
 Prime Minister   28.7 47.1 15.8 3.8 3.5
 Judiciary   19.3 44.1 24.2 5.7 5.9
 Parliament   15.9 47.9 21.4 5.4 7.6
 Federal Government   19.8 49.8 19.1 5.1 4.8
 State Government   20.9 48.7 20.4 4.7 4.4
 State Assembly   15.2 48.0 21.1 6.6 7.5
 Political Parties   10.8 41.6 29.0 8.0 9.1
 National Front   21.5 45.2 20.6 7.2 4.4
 Opposition Parties   5.7 36.2 37.4 12.4 7.1
 Civil Service   17.5 54.6 19.0 4.7 3.4
 Local Council   16.3 54.2 19.9 4.8 3.9
 Military   27.5 48.8 11.5 3.6 8.0
 Police   18.3 40.6 26.8 12.2 2.1
 Election Commission   16.2 44.8 24.0 6.6 7.0

In general, the level of high trust /low trust goes with the rank like the list below:

Political institutions High Trust   Low Trust  
 Military   76.3 15.1
 Prime Minister   75.8 19.6
 Civil Service   72.1 23.7
 Local Council   70.5 24.7
 Federal Government   69.6 24.2
 State Government   69.6 25.1
 National Front   66.7 27.8
 Parliament   63.8 26.8
 Judiciary   63.4 29.9
 State Assembly   63.2 27.7
 Election Commission   61.0 30.6
 Police   58.9 39.0
 Political Parties   52.4 37.0
 Opposition Parties   41.9 49.8

Source: Asian Barometer – Bridget Welsh, Ibrahim Suffian, and Andrew Aeria. 2007. Malaysia Country Report. Second Wave of Asian Barometer Survey

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