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Acumen Edelman Trust Barometer 2020: Kiwis trust government but faith in system low

New Zealanders trust their government more than any other nation in the world, although its competence is viewed less positively. The New Zealand government is the only one among 29 countries included in the latest Acumen Edelman Trust Barometer to be viewed as ethical by locals. However, the picture of trust in our institutions (government, business, NGOs and media) overall is shaded.

“While trust in all institutions has grown since 2019, there’s a widening gap between the informed and mass population, more Kiwis believe the system is failing them and no institution is viewed as competent as well as ethical,” says Adelle Keely, Chief Executive of Acumen Republic.

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