Report finds Saudi Arabia government among most trusted in the world

Dubai: For the second year in a row, the government of Saudi Arabia has maintained high levels of confidence as one of the most trusted governments in the world, according to the Edelman’s 2021 Trust Barometer report.

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The levels of confidence in the performance of Saudi Arabia’s government increased from 78 per cent in January 2020 to 82 per cent in January 2021, adding to its balance 4 percentage points that qualified it to be at the forefront of the 28 countries included in the index as the highest government in the world with confidence in performance.

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According to the report, China shared the top spot with Saudi Arabia at 82 per cent while the UAE came in third place at 80 per cent in terms of trust in government.

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The 2021 Trust Barometer is Edelman’s 21st annual trust and credibility survey. The research, conducted by Edelman Data and Intelligence (DxI), surveyed a sample of more than 33,000 respondents in 28 markets, including Nigeria for the first time, this year.

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As per the report, Saudi Arabia’s government remains the most trusted institution in general, outperforming the other categories including businesses, up by 73 per cent, NGOs at 61 per cent, and the media at 60 per cent.

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The government in the Kingdom had the highest ranking internationally in the context of its handling of the biggest health challenge the world witnessed, represented by the COVID-19 pandemic, by providing medical care, coronavirus detection devices and vaccines to citizens and residents for free, as well as its leadership of the efforts of the international community in the issue of developing vaccines and supporting medical research and experiments.

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Edelman’s 2021 Trust Barometer revealed that although the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated personal and societal concerns, worries about job loss and climate change have overtaken those linked to the coronavirus.

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