For the official UK launch of the 2019 Trust Barometer, Ed Williams presented the results in conversation with guest speaker Tony Blair.

The 2019 Trust Barometer is Edelman’s 19th annual trust and credibility survey, measuring trust across a number of institutions, sectors and geographies. The Barometer surveys more than 33,000 respondents across 27 countries.

This year’s findings reveal a record trust gap between the informed and mass public, resulting in a Disunited Kingdom.

In the year that the country is poised to leave the European Union four in ten of us now believe there is an increased likelihood of others taking part in violent protest in the UK, seven in ten of us believe Britons are angrier about politics and society since the referendum, and one in six of us say they’ve fallen out with friends and family over Brexit. Our research tells us that the country feels betrayed by politics and politicians, anxious we are travelling in the wrong direction and driven by a hunger for more fairness in society.

Trust Barometer - Civil Disorder

Our key findings show:

  • Since Brexit 4 in 10 Britons feel others are more likely to take part in violent protest
  • 69% of us say our fellow citizens are angrier about politics and society since the referendum
  • 1 in 6 of us have fallen out with relatives or friends over the issue of leaving the EU
  • 6 in 10 Britons believe Government doesn’t listen to “people like them”, regardless of whether they supported remain or leave in the referendum
  • Two-thirds of us believe the country is on the wrong track
  • 7 in 10 Britons feel that life is unfair
  • Half of us believe the socio-political system is broken
  • Both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have suffered significant falls in trust

Trust Barometer - Political Distrust

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For further data and analysis, you can view the full the global findings here, UK results for the Edelman Trust Barometer 2019 here or see the deck below: