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Sunday, January 28, 2018, 16:35
Poll: Chinese govt most trustworthy
By Xinhua
Sunday, January 28, 2018, 16:35 By Xinhua

BEIJING – The Chinese government scored the highest among the governments of 27 countries on public trust, while the United States saw a massive decline, according to the results of a global survey.

Sixty-eight percent of the surveyed people said they believed the government in China could lead the country to a better future

About 84 percent of the surveyed Chinese people said they have trust in the government, beating the rates in all other countries measured, the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer survey found.

In the US, only 33 percent of the public expressed trust their government, down 14 percentage points from a year earlier, registering the biggest trust loss among the countries surveyed.

On government leadership, 68 percent people said they believed the government in China could lead the country to a better future. 

Only 15 percent of the American people said they expect the government to achieve this.

The latest survey polled 1,150 online respondents on average per country between October and November last year.

China, the United States, Russia, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, India, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia and Singapore were among the countries studied.

Edelman is an American public relations and marketing consulting firm that has been running the annual public trust poll since 2001.

GLOBAL APPROVAL RATE

The median global approval rate of the US in world affairs has dropped behind that of China over the past year, according to a new survey conducted by American consulting company Gallup.

The survey found that approval of US leadership in more than 130 countries had dropped to 30 percent in 2017, the lowest since the company began annually tracking the measure a decade ago.

China scored a 31 percent approval rate, the same as the previous year.

The survey said the US image was weaker in "every part of the world" and stable ratings in China give it "an advantage over the US."

In the Americas, where the US approval dropped to new lows and China won more approval, China may be positioned to take further advantage as it has overtaken the US as the top trading partner in parts of Latin America, the survey said.

China also exceeded the US in approval rates in Asia. The two had a tie in Europe and the US and China both have strong images in Africa.

The shift, according to media reports, comes as the US is facing an unprecedented trust crisis, while China takes on more important roles in global governance and wins the hearts and minds of people at home and abroad with successful campaigns such as the anti-corruption war.

The Gallup survey was based on face-to-face and telephone interviews with about 1,000 adults in each studied country or area between March and November 2017. They were asked to rate the US, German, Russian and Chinese leadership in world affairs.

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