The 13 richest countries where people have the least trust in their politicians

The World Economic Forum’s recently-released Global Competitiveness Survey doesn’t just look at the financial health and risks of countries around the world, it also offers some pretty interesting insights into the psyche of nations.

One of these is how much the public trusts its politicians.

The WEF used its executive opinion survey to ask “in your country, how do you rate the ethical standards of politicians?”

A score of 1 equates to “extremely low” while a rating of 7 is “extremely high.”

The measure is therefore based on the perceptions of the population. Absolutely no country scored a 7, although Singapore topped the rankings with 6.2.

Britain did pretty well with 4.5 , and the United States came at 48th with 3.4.

We looked only at the 34 OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries, which are all considered relatively developed economies with democratic systems.

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