The study has put Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image on the first page. The list is topped by UAE with 84 percent trust. Indonesia (78 percent), China (75 percent), Singapore (65 percent) and Netherlands (64 percent) are the others that have recorded highest levels of trust. Globally, the overall trust index was down a percentage point from the previous year at 55 percent.
Trust levels in major developed economies, such as the United States, Germany and France, hovered around 50 percent. The barometer shows waning trust in non-governmental organizations, media and business. Trust in government recovered somewhat but politicians remain the most distrusted group assessed at 48 percent. Interestingly, trust in politicians in India has grown to 82 percent in 2015 from 53 percent a year ago. Government was the only institution to gain trust in 2015, driven by improvements in 16
countries, including India.In terms of NGOs in India, trust was almost flat at 74 percent from 75 percent. Also, while trust in media has fallen in more than half of the countries, India appears to have scored well on that front too with 76 percent in 2015 vis-a-vis 71 percent in 2014. (PTI)