Thursday 24 August 2017

In God we trust, but Garda and charities not so much

Trust is the last great commodity and the glue that holds society together. And our poll on trust reveals reasons to be hopeful

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Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Trust is the glue that holds our society together. High levels of social and political trust lead to social cohesion and democratic stability. Ireland has seen a dramatic fall in trust for many of the institutions that traditionally held life together here - the Church, the media, the Garda, charities. In general, trust has been hugely eroded and displaced by the recent convulsions in the world - the online revolution, social media, fake news, Trump, Brexit, the rise of extremism and the increases in transparency which have laid bare corruption and incompetence across companies, organisations and democracy itself.

But trust remains a hugely important force. It is, in many ways, the last great commodity, the most important asset any individual or business, from the humble lifestyle blogger to Donald Trump, can have.

Today's Kantar Millward Brown poll provides a comprehensive snapshot of who Irish people trust. It is important to note that this poll does not measure who we don't trust. The question asked was: "Which of the following institutions/groups do you have most faith in?" So anyone mentioned enjoys some level of trust.

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