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Poll: Trust in media, education

The media and the education system are the only sectors to emerge with net positive levels of confidence, according to a poll done by Solution by Simulation (SBS) on the fourth anniversary of the People’s Partnership government.

The poll was commissioned by the Trinidad Express.
SBS interviewed 700 adults in Trinidad and Tobago via live telephone calls from May 12 to 21, 2014. The margin of error for the overall sample is +/-3.7 per cent

Following is the final part of the poll:

Pervasive, but decreasing Public Cynicism
Even the apolitical organs of state are not held in high regard by the population at this time. A mere 19 per cent of respondents expressed confidence in the Judicial System, and 23 per cent expressed confidence in the Police Service. Similar levels of distrust were found in other sectors and public institutions.

The only sectors polled with net positive levels of confidence are the Education System and the Media. Even for those sectors, 22 per cent and 28 per cent respectively are “not sure” of their level of confidence.

Although the public has a grim outlook of our society overall, the confidence in our public institutions is on an upward trend. All the sectors and institutions polled had net positive increases in public confidence since 2012 with the exception of the financial sector (polled as “the commercial banks” in 2011-2013). The education system, the Prime Minister, and the Police Service had the most significant gains in public confidence.

The relative trust in the public institutions are consistent with last year’s exclusive Express poll which asked respondents whether each public institution had more “good or bad impact”. In last year’s poll, the media had the highest net rating, while the police had the lowest.

In general, men tended to have more confidence in the public institutions than women, and those of East-Indian descent more than those of African descent.

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