Almost 6 out of 10 people in Mexico do not trust the government, while companies appear as the most reliable institutions, above Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
According to the study Edelman Trust Barometer, in January 2020, confidence in the government was 44%, which rose 12 points to 56% last May, after two months of the Covid outbreak in the country, but returned to its initial levels for measurement last January. Despite everything, this indicator is at the highest levels since 2012, driven above all by the confidence that occurred with the change of administration in 2018.
The study measures trust in institutions (government, NGOs, companies, and the media), of which the government receives the worst ratings, followed by the media, which rose from 59% at the beginning of the year, with a slight increase on May, and then a sharp drop of 7 points to finish at 53% in January 2021.
In contrast, companies lost confidence towards the start of the pandemic but gained ground towards the end of the year, in addition to being the least volatile of all the institutions measured.
“Companies were much faster than the government many times: before the government asked us to stop going to work, we decided to stay at home,” said Mariana Sanz, manager of Edelman Mexico, in an interview with Forbes Mexico.
“We were very transparent and very honest, messages that were very painful such as cuts in personnel, when the companies communicated them with empathy, transparency and humanity, they were very well received messages,” he considered.
At a global level, a rise in confidence was observed in the 4 types of institutions in the May measurement, but there was a drop later, especially for the government sector.
Despite the cuts in personnel, wages, and the unfair measures that various companies took to reduce the income of their workers, according to the Edelman study, trust in employers increased between 2020 and 2021, going from 84 to 86 points. In fact, this level is higher than in 2019.
Regarding trust in leadership, Edelman found that government leaders in Mexico were the ones that lost the most confidence with a drop of 7 points to 29%, followed by religious leaders with 38%. The leaders who inspire the most confidence in Mexican society are the scientists, with 80 points, an increase of 8 points compared to 2020, followed by the executives of the companies where they work, with 74 points, and the people of the community where they live, with 60%, a drop of 13 points compared to the 2020 measurement.
The study, which has been carried out for 21 years, was applied to about 1,150 people in the country, and among the elements analyzed was fear, which highlighted that despite Covid-19, the main fear among the Mexican population was that of losing their job, with 67%, followed by climate change, with 56%, the loss of civil liberties with 50% and up to the fourth place, contracting the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, with 49%.
Without fear of the vaccine
Unlike other markets such as the United States, France, the Netherlands, and Russia, where the population mistrusted the creation of vaccines against Covid-19, in Mexico, most people are willing to receive it.
According to the study applied in 28 countries, Mexico is only behind India and Brazil with the intentions to receive the vaccine, with 75% of affirmative answers. Of these, 39% intended to do so as soon as possible while the remaining 36% would do so in the next six months to a year.
The country among the studied markets with the least availability is Russia, where the Sputnik V vaccine was developed, with only 40%, of which only 15% would do so as soon as possible.
While nations such as France, Spain, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United States, the country with the highest number of infections and deaths in the world due to Covid-19, the willingness to get vaccinated was present in less than 60% of those surveyed. Globally, the average was 64%, with 33% wanting to do so as soon as possible.
“Mexico has been misinformed on the issue of vaccination. This is happening in some countries, and it has to do with the disinformation campaigns that have been built around the issue of vaccination ”, considered Sanz to explain this phenomenon.
Source: Forbes Mexico