UAE residents’ trust in government, health authorities and media improves in 2022 – News

78% of UAE residents think they and their families will get better in the next five years



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Published: Wed 19 Jan 2022, 10:42 AM

Last update: Wed 19 Jan 2022, 10:43 AM

UAE residents’ trust in the government and their belief about their future financial situation in the UAE has improved significantly this year, according to Edelman Trust Barometer 2022.

Besides the government and their financial situation, residents’ confidence has increased in almost all sub-indexes such as health authorities, employers, central bank, businesses, NGOs, media and global bodies, including the World Health Organization, United Nations and European Union.

Trust in the UAE government improved by 7% to 87% in 2022 – the second highest increase after a 9% increase in trust in the Chinese government. But trust in most governments around the world has fallen, mainly in Germany (-12%), the Netherlands (-11%), Australia (-9%), South Korea (-8%) and in Argentina (-8%). hundred).

The government was the most trusted institution in the May 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer. It was expected to lead at the height of the pandemic, but has since suffered a dramatic fall, falling 13 points, dropping from 65% to 52%.

The 22nd edition of the survey gathered input from more than 36,000 respondents in 28 countries, spanning business, NGOs, government and the media. Business was the most trusted institution at 61%, followed by NGOs at 59%, government at 52% and media at 50%.

Overall, according to Edelman, a majority of people think journalists (67%, up 8 points) and government leaders (66%, up 9 points) lie to them.

“This vicious cycle of mistrust threatens societal stability. It’s a deadly grip where the media chases clicks and the government chases votes, fueling both a cycle of misinformation and division and exploiting it for commercial and political gain,” said Richard Edelman, CEO of Edelman.

In the United Arab Emirates, 78% of residents think they and their families will be better off in the next five years, up 6% from last year.

Some of the key factors that have boosted the sentiments of UAE residents could be the opening up of the economy and improving labor market with the start of Expo 2020 Dubai and the successful handling of the Covid pandemic -19 – because the United Arab Emirates is the most vaccinated country against the pandemic.

Trust in UAE employers and businesses saw double-digit increases from 10% to 85% and 11% to 78% respectively.

Similarly, trust in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the media increased by 8% for both sub-indices, to 73 and 64%, respectively. But overall trust in the media has plummeted in most countries, including the United States, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Australia, among others.

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Additionally, trust in the UAE health authorities has greatly improved, thanks to professional and proactive handling of the pandemic. About 87% of residents trusted health authorities, up 6%, and the second highest after China. While trust in the central bank was the third highest at 86%.

Among global bodies, UAE residents’ trust in the WHO increased by 10% to 78%, trust in the UN rose to 74%, up 6%, and trust in the EU increased from 7% to 71% in 2022. compared to 2021.

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