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Germans trust political parties least, police most
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Germans trust political parties least, police most

Published: 07 Feb 2013 12:34 GMT+01:00
Updated: 07 Feb 2013 12:34 GMT+01:00

Germans overwhelmingly trust the police and judicial authorities, while distrusting large corporations and political parties, a new study suggests.

Trust has declined slightly over the past year for all institutions apart from the government, which has experienced a five-point increase, the Global Trust Report conducted by the non-profit market research group GfK.

The percentage of Germans who trust the police remained solid at 81 percent at the start of this year, compared with 85 percent 12 months ago. The judicial system came next with 65 percent of people expressing trust, and then public administration and the military followed, with 58 and 57 percent trust respectively.

The least trusted institutions were political parties on 16 percent, and corporations with 26 percent.

The results seem to confirm other studies which suggest Chancellor Angela Merkel is her party and government's greatest asset, Raimund Wildner, GfK manager told Die Welt newspaper.

He said the five percentage point increase in trust shown in the government was due to the positive impression people have of Merkel's handling of the euro crisis.

Looking in more detail, the study showed the most trust was invoked by the most traditional - with craftsmen enjoying the complete trust of 87 percent of those questioned. After them came manufacturers of domestic appliances with 78 percent, and car makers with 71 percent.

Banks came off particularly badly, with a loss of seven percentage points over the last year putting them down to 29 percent. "Not even one in three citizens trusts this branch," said Wildner. He suggested, "the recent scandals are taking effect, from interest rate manipulation to raids on suspicion of aiding tax evasion."

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13:28 February 7, 2013 by grazhdanin
which crisis?
13:29 February 7, 2013 by pepsionice
As an American who lived for years in Germany....I'd personally vouch for their cops. When they say you did something wrong....it's a 98-percent chance they are right. It's a chosen profession, and they spend actual class-time learning how to apply the law. And if you were stupid enough to challenge them....they absolutely will apply physical force of an extreme nature on you. I've seen drunks who were laid quickly down on asphalt....when necessary.
14:51 February 7, 2013 by mitanni
Germany's civil servants are generally very professional and stick precisely to the law. That's a two edged sword, though, because it is those untrusted politicians who tell them what to do...
16:05 February 7, 2013 by twisted
As an long ago ex-police officer in the US, it is nice to know that the police are trusted here. As for politicians, no surprise there...hell, they're not trusted anywhere. And bankers...they are legitimate thieves (because of the politicans who are in their pockets).
20:04 February 7, 2013 by Bigfoot76
See "Justice minister brushes off drink-driving offence" Enough said.
21:08 February 7, 2013 by raandy
I never really trust the police,

first rule of law.... All police lie and all Judges believe them.
06:59 February 8, 2013 by RainerL
Hmmmm? Seems like a World wide trend not trusting Pollies.. What's New?
10:38 February 8, 2013 by belladons
Politicians are classified as the legal mafia. I will always trust a police officer before I will ever trust a dirt bag politician. In fact, when talking to a politician, listen very closely.
13:23 February 8, 2013 by Englishted
The judicial system in Germany is a complete dogs dinner ,the law of the land is applied differently in different states ,that plus giving lawyers the choice of which court to have a trial because they know which court normal rules which way.

For example a ruling on the law was given at the Supreme Court in Karlsruhe has been completely ignored by courts in Hamburg and München (Parents not liable if kids download illegally)

Published: 16 Nov 12 07:47 in The Local.

The people who agreed with this in the poll must have had no experience of a better system because as I have said this one is rubbish as it is inconsistent.
21:29 February 9, 2013 by raandy
After reading about the Munich girl with the broken nose and eye damage after being punched by German police while her hands were hand cuffed behind her back for asking for help from an abusive boyfriend , leaves me no doubt about how un professional the Munich police are.
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