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The Netherlands has lost trust in its business and political leaders

Monday 21 January 2013

Just one in 10 of of the Dutch population believe business leaders and politicians tell the truth when confronted by a difficult question, according to a new survey out on Monday.

And fewer than one in five people believe business leaders and politicians are capable of solving difficult problems, the survey showed.

The figures make the Netherlands one of the least trusting nations out of 26 surveyed by global PR group Edelman.

Edelman Nederland general manager Annemieke Kievit told the Volkskrant there is now a worldwide leadership crisis.

Companies and politicians have to act ethically and live up to their promises in order to win back trust, Kievit said. But this has been a problem in the Netherlands, she told the paper, referring to changes in mortgage tax relief and the row over health insurance premiums.

According to the Edelman trust index, trust in Dutch companies has gone down from 65% to 61% over the past year, while trust in the media has fallen from 61% to 57%. Trust in non-profit organisations has also gone down to 57%.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I wouldn't trust them to tell the truth when asked any question, not just difficult ones.

By H. | 21 January 2013 11:14 AM

On the bright side, I never trusted them in the first place so now I just feel more comfortable with my fellow citizens, knowing we all share in the same cynicism. Solidarity !

By Toby | 21 January 2013 11:25 AM

I would have thought this to be apparent long ago! Their out of date ideology is ruining the country & through their arrogant suicidal austerity plans there is little hope.

Why are they still in office?

By The visitor | 21 January 2013 11:53 AM

The Dutch tax payers have been paying for the mistakes, incompetence and corruption of our political leaders, and judiciary while they have, for the larger part, escaped accountability and, in many cases have become richer. And, we accept it... year after year after year. Instead we vote characters like Rutte into office. Time to vote out this mess of a government... they don't have our interests in mind.

By Quince | 21 January 2013 5:06 PM

I'm not surprised.

After all, the political stuff should be obvious by now, but businesses can also do alot.

One thing businesses like to do is: when a letter is negative (a resignation letter, for example), it's conveniently never received by them, unless you sent a letter with proof of acceptation. And that's just 1 example among many: should give a nice picture about the businesses here. I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out we housed the most corrupt businesses of Europe.

By Someone | 21 January 2013 7:18 PM

Here is a scary thought. Even though I rather despise Geert Wilders, he seems to be the only "honest" politician in the sense that he always speaks what is on honestly on his mind. Go figure...

By Rick Kane | 21 January 2013 8:49 PM

I can't believe it! You too are troubling with this sort of " upper crust people".What about our Italian politicians? Can we export them to your country? as it seems we are already doing with the rubbish?
Believe me or not, you will not see any difference between these two items.

By Edoardo | 21 January 2013 11:17 PM

Gee wiz!! You Dutchies seem to have exactly the same troubles as we have in Australia. But then, who has ever heard of an honest politician? The only thing to do is: to not just throw them out, but for the whole electorate to vote informal.

By theo orval | 22 January 2013 12:57 AM

Voters punished Wilders and PVV for speaking the truth and standing on principles last year. The current class of party functionaires in Europe is advancing into leadership roles because they are the smallest denominator between factions and won't rock the boat. These are not always the sharpest tool in the shed, or the bravest or the best a nation can muster. These are usually individuals with a very elastic backbone, an inflated ego and a bottomless memory hole.

Perhaps one day more will understand that we need honest people in government, even if they're a bit rough around the edges. And we need to accept that political leadership sometimes must be cruel to be kind.

By Ralf Sherman | 22 January 2013 5:48 AM

why don't we decide to demonstrate against this outrage. The only solution is go to parliament in The Hague and keep protesting until they understand the message and change their wicked ways.

So leave your lazy couch and show that you have had enough of this injustice.

But you have to show yourselves, because otherwise the will show ignorance to what lives in society.

Only protest in writing will not work!

By duijnstee | 22 January 2013 9:04 AM

stop this outrage and go to parliament in the Hague. Keep protesting until they change their ways. Only massive demonstrations will work.

By duijnstee | 22 January 2013 9:07 AM

Demonstration? 'Just tell me when & I'll be there masked of course! "V"

By The visitor | 22 January 2013 9:50 PM

I don't think I trust this survey....:)

By Nita Korsten | 3 February 2013 4:22 PM

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