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Trust in Chinese leaders climbs as it plummets in U.S., global survey finds Trust in Chinese leaders climbs as it plummets in U.S., global survey finds
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A survey of 28 countries finds that U.S. public confidence in institutions dropped dramatically in 2017 A survey of 28 countries finds that U.S. public confidence in institutions dropped dramatically in 2017
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Media is least-trusted sector , 'Experts' are recovering reputation Media is least-trusted sector , 'Experts' are recovering reputation
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<strong>Public trust in U.S. government, media, and other institutions fell sharply during the first year of Donald J. Trump’s controversial presidency, according to the latest edition of an annual global survey.</strong> <strong>Public trust in U.S. government, media, and other institutions fell sharply during the first year of Donald J. Trump’s controversial presidency, according to the latest edition of an annual global survey.</strong>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Edelman, an <a href="https://www.edelman.com/about-us">international public relations firm</a>, said that U.S. public confidence suffered the biggest fall since the group began its annual "Trust Barometer" study of attitudes in 2001.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Edelman, an <a href="https://www.edelman.com/about-us">international public relations firm</a>, said that U.S. public confidence suffered the biggest fall since the group began its annual "Trust Barometer" study of attitudes in 2001.</span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><a href="https://www.edelman.com/trust-barometer/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">annual barometer </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">released today (January 21), surveyed 1,150 people in 28 countries, with more than 33,000 responses. It then broke their answers down by sector, and whether the respondent is considered a “general” or “informed” member of the public.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><a href="https://www.edelman.com/trust-barometer/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">annual barometer </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">released today (January 21), surveyed 1,150 people in 28 countries, with more than 33,000 responses. It then broke their answers down by sector, and whether the respondent is considered a “general” or “informed” member of the public.</span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Among the “informed public” of the U.S. survey, trust fell to the bottom of the global rankings.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Among the “informed public” of the U.S. survey, trust fell to the bottom of the global rankings.</span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Overall, the U.S. general public gave their institutions 43 out of 100 on the “trust index” a nine-point drop on 2017, the year when Edelman said trust was “in crisis” around the world. </span>  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Overall, the U.S. general public gave their institutions - government, media, business, and NGOs -  43 out of 100 on the “trust index.This represents a fall from 52 in 2017, the year when Edelman said trust was “in crisis” around the world.</span>
  A large part of this fall comes from a 14-point drop in the U.S. general public's trust in government. Only 33 percent of people said they trust the U.S. government, falling from 47 percent in 2017.
  “The United States is enduring an unprecedented crisis of trust,” <a href="https://www.edelman.com/news-awards/2018-edelman-trust-barometer-reveals-record-breaking-drop-trust-in-the-us">said Richard Edelman</a>, head of the public relations firm.
  In a statement, Edelman said that the drop in public trust in the U.S. is particularly striking because it cannot be tied to a major disaster or economic decline, factors which usually explain falls in trust.
  "The root cause of this fall is the lack of objective facts and rational discourse,” said Edelman.
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Trust among Chinese people in their institutions rose the most, increasing seven points among the general population.</span>  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Trust among Chinese people in their institutions rose the most, with trust in the Chinese government rising from 76 percent in 2017 to 84 percent.</span>
  Edelman has been publishing its annual global survey since 2001. The year-on-year changes are seen as a way of discerning confidence in core democratic institutions.
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Last year’s barometer found that Americans’ trust in the media was at an all-time low. Distrust in media and government had been a core theme of the 2016 election, with both much higher among Trump voters than supporters of his rival Hillary Clinton.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Last year’s barometer found that Americans’ trust in the media was at an all-time low. Distrust in media and government had been a core theme of the 2016 election, with both much higher among Trump voters than supporters of his rival Hillary Clinton.</span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Edelman’s Tonia Ries told </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">WikiTribune</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that the purpose of separating “informed” from general public is to find “opinion leaders”.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Edelman’s Tonia Ries told </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">WikiTribune</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that the purpose of separating “informed” from general public is to find “opinion leaders”.</span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Apparently arbitrary distinctions such as college education, age, and a high-income bracket are useful parameters to find people likely to be in a position to influence others, she said.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Apparently arbitrary distinctions such as college education, age, and a high-income bracket are useful parameters to find people likely to be in a position to influence others, she said.</span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Ries acknowledged that “the rise of social platforms led to a dispersion of authority and a shift of influence to peer voices”. However maintaining the research parameters established in 2000 means the results can better demonstrate global trends and changes.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Ries acknowledged that “the rise of social platforms led to a dispersion of authority and a shift of influence to peer voices”. However maintaining the research parameters established in 2000 means the results can better demonstrate global trends and changes.</span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">President Trump has regularly been accused of stoking distrust in the media. On January 17, he </span><a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/01/18/media/breakdown-trumps-fake-news-awards-what-would-yours-be/40049/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">named the recipients of the “Fake News Awards,”</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> sarcastic accolades for allegedly dishonest reporting about his government.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">President Trump has regularly been accused of stoking distrust in the media. On January 17, he </span><a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/01/18/media/breakdown-trumps-fake-news-awards-what-would-yours-be/40049/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">named the recipients of the “Fake News Awards,”</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> sarcastic accolades for allegedly dishonest reporting about his government.</span>
<h2><b>Barometer-in-brief</b></h2> <h2><b>Barometer-in-brief</b></h2>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">As in the 2017 barometer, trust and distrust in the media was split along party lines, with a 34-point difference between Trump voters, 27 percent of whom trust the media, compared with Clinton voters, whose trust in media reached 61 percent.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">As in the 2017 barometer, trust and distrust in the media was split along party lines, with a 34-point difference between Trump voters, 27 percent of whom trust the media, compared with Clinton voters, whose trust in media reached 61 percent.</span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Globally, the media was found to be the least trusted of the sectors surveyed, ranking lower than government, business, and NGOs.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Globally, the media was found to be the least trusted of the sectors surveyed, ranking lower than government, business, and NGOs.</span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">However, while trust in media “platforms” broadly declined, trust in “journalism” enjoyed a boost, rising five points.</span>  <span style="font-weight: 400;">However, while trust in media “platforms” broadly declined from 53 percent to 51 percent, trust in “journalism” enjoyed a boost, rising five points on its 2017 rating, to 59 percent.</span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">This fitted with a broader pattern globally, with participants appearing to become more discerning in who they pay attention to. Journalists recovered 12 percentage points across the general population from 2017, but “experts” generally rose across the world. People said they were less likely to trust laymen, or people they considered as informed as themselves. </span>  <span style="font-weight: 400;">This fitted with a broader pattern globally, with participants appearing to become more discerning in who they pay attention to, a return, Edelman said, to faith in experts.</span>
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">In contrast, the number of people who said they would trust the views of people like themselves fell to an all-time low, from 60 percent in 2017 to 54 percent. </span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">While 63 percent said they do not know how to tell good journalism from “fake news,” 59 percent said it is becoming harder to tell the difference.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">While 63 percent said they do not know how to tell good journalism from “fake news,” 59 percent said it is becoming harder to tell the difference.</span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Finally, the report recommends that countries where trust fell dramatically, such as the U.S., India, Colombia, and Brazil, should “guard information quality” and “drive economic prosperity” to reignite public trust.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Finally, the report recommends that countries where trust fell dramatically, such as the U.S., India, Colombia, and Brazil, should “guard information quality” and “drive economic prosperity” to reignite public trust.</span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Edelman CEO Richard Edelman will present the results of the study at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 21.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Edelman CEO Richard Edelman will present the results of the study at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 21.</span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Polling group Pew </span><a href="http://www.pewglobal.org/2018/01/11/publics-globally-want-unbiased-news-coverage-but-are-divided-on-whether-their-news-media-deliver/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">released similar research</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> on January 18. It found that there is a global consensus that media should not favor one political party over another. Pew’s research found that partisanship was the biggest problem most people have with their media.</span>  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Polling group Pew </span><a href="http://www.pewglobal.org/2018/01/11/publics-globally-want-unbiased-news-coverage-but-are-divided-on-whether-their-news-media-deliver/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">released similar research</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> on January 18. It found that there is a global consensus that media should not favor one political party over another. Pew’s research found that partisanship was the biggest problem most people have with their media. </span>
  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Pew also found that people in the U.S. were the most dissatisfied with the partisan coverage provided by their media, chiming with Edelman's findings that public trust tin the media in the U.S. continues to decline year-on-year.</span>
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