Levels of trust in civil servants has doubled since 1983

Written by Sarah Aston on 16 January 2015 in News

Public trust in civil servants is at an all-time high, says new survey

The number of British people who say they trust civil servants to tell the truth has more than doubled since 1983, a new survey by Ipsos MORI has revealed.

According to the organisation – which has conducted the survey annually since 1983 –  55% of the British public trust civil servants to tell the truth compared to the 25% that said they trusted officials in 1983.

The survey is based on the responses of 1,116 adults across Britain who were asked whether they trust key professions – doctors, teachers, scientists, clergy/priests, the police, civil servants, journalists and politicians generally – to tell the truth.

Bobby Duffy, director of the Social Research Institute at Ipsos MORI said: “This long-running study shows that trust levels are not fixed, and do shift as the context changes – which is seen particularly in the increasing trust in scientists and civil servants and decreasing trust in the clergy. ”

The results of the survey were welcomed by cabinet secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood.

He said in a blog: “This is encouraging – particularly when trust in other institutions has been declining – but further increases in public trust and confidence depend on our delivering on our reform priorities, which will help to deliver consistently excellent public services and a modern, efficient and highly skilled civil service.”


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Submitted on 8 February, 2016 - 15:17
It would be interesting to run a survey to determine levels of trust in the Senior Civil Service, from the ordinary civil servants around the country....Somehow I don't think they would be as high.

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