Some recent surveys have revisited public trust in government. Edelman’s trust barometer, for example, shows trust in government has increased since the financial crisis, and is higher than the media and lower than in business and NGOs. But what about trust in the Civil Service? Gavin Freeguard investigates. Click on the images to enlarge.
- there was a jump of 11% for government ministers and 8% for politicians generally between 1997 and 1999
- there was an 8% drop for each between 2008 and 2009 as the expenses scandal played out
- more people now trust government ministers than politicians generally, a reversal of the situation in 1983.
- A contrast effect with politicians – ‘high trust in civil servants could be the obverse of low trust in political groups’
- Civil servants ‘became associated with the optimism around public services in the late 1990s and early 2000s’
- The broader cultural context – Yes, Minister’s ‘manipulative mandarins’ being superseded by The Thick of It’s more ‘neutral, if sometimes inept, servants, with advisers and communications experts pulling the strings’.