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NOS Nieuws•morgen, 00:01
Confidence in the House of Representatives has not been as low as it is now in ten years, according to research by Statistics Netherlands. The statistics bureau notes that at the end of last year a quarter of the over-15s had confidence in parliament. That is the lowest level since 2012, when this survey was first conducted.
Statistics Netherlands has been measuring trust in all kinds of institutions since 2012 and reports on this annually. It only shows trends annually, but does not provide explanations for them.
In general, Statistics Netherlands sees that confidence in many institutions increased in the corona years 2020 and 2021. But in 2022, after corona, it dropped back to pre-pandemic levels. In some cases, confidence was even lower, for example in political institutions, banks and large companies.
Confidence in politicians has fallen
Before the corona pandemic, a minority of the Dutch also had confidence in the House of Representatives. That changed at the start of the pandemic, in the second quarter of 2020, when a small majority (58 percent) indicated that they had confidence in parliament. This gradually decreased again to 25 percent at the end of last year.
Confidence in politicians in general is also showing a declining trend, according to Statistics Netherlands. At the end of last year, this was 21 percent, the lowest level of the past five years. By way of comparison, at the start of the pandemic, the confidence of the Dutch in politicians rose to 44 percent.
On the other hand, a large majority say they have confidence in authoritative institutions such as the police and judges.
Trust in fellow man
In addition to trust in politics, Statistics Netherlands also measures trust in fellow human beings. That has increased steadily over the past ten years: from an average of 58 percent in 2012, to 66 percent last year.
Trust in fellow human beings was lowest last year among Dutch people who had only completed primary education (40 percent). This was at least twice as high in the group with a higher vocational education or university education. The latter groups also had more trust in political institutions on average.
Research by Ipsos commissioned by NOS showed the same picture last year. Seven out of ten respondents indicated in that survey that they have little or very little confidence in national politics.