Trust in institutions

In 2014, 36% of the population aged 15 and over in Belgium trusted the parliament, the legal system, politicians and the political parties. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must be increased. However, the trend since 2002 is undetermined.

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TREND ASSESSMENT: Trust in institutions - Belgium

answer at least 6 (on 0-10 scale)

percentage of population aged 15 years and over

 2002200420062008201020122014
observations28.535.236.731.830.737.336.0

Calculations FPB based on ESS (2017), Dataset European Social Survey, http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/ (consulted on 08/11/2017).

Trust in institutions

answer at least 6 (on 0-10 scale)

percentage of population aged 15 years and over

 20022004200620082010201220142014//20022014//2008
Belgium28.535.236.731.830.737.336.01.92.1
Germany26.028.130.230.729.035.336.42.82.9
France21.223.823.326.222.725.923.00.7-2.1
Netherlands37.545.653.457.857.555.651.52.7-1.9
//: average growth rates

Calculations FPB based on ESS (2017), Dataset European Social Survey, http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/ (consulted on 08/11/2017).

Trust in institutions by sex - Belgium

answer at least 6 (on 0-10 scale)

percentage of population aged 15 years and over

 20022004200620082010201220142014//20022014//2008
females27.732.636.129.828.535.834.51.92.5
males29.538.037.234.033.039.037.62.01.7
//: average growth rates

Calculations FPB based on ESS (2017), Dataset European Social Survey, http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/ (consulted on 08/11/2017).

Trust in institutions by income - Belgium

answer at least 6 (on 0-10 scale)

percentage of population aged 15 years and over

 2010201220142014//2010
quintile 123.529.132.68.5
quintile 223.532.033.29.0
quintile 331.136.631.80.6
quintile 434.642.134.3-0.2
quintile 538.145.942.72.9
//: average growth rates

Calculations FPB based on ESS (2017), Dataset European Social Survey, http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/ (consulted on 08/11/2017).

This text is based on the Statistical Annex of the Voluntary National Review of Belgium (VNR) presented to the July 2017 United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

VNR Indicator: Trust in institutions, percentage of population aged 15 years and over

Definition: trust in institutions is measured through a survey, in this case the European Social Survey (ESS). It is estimated as the average share of the population that answered at least 6 (on a scale from 0 to 10) to the following four questions: 'How much do you personally trust each of the following institutions: the Belgian parliament, the legal system, the politicians and the political parties?'.

Objective: to be consistent with Target 16.6, this indicator should increase.

UN Target 16.6: Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels

UNSTAT Indicator 16.6.2: Proportion of the population satisfied with their last experience of public services