Report : Political trust, social trust and trustworthiness in Zimbabwe?

Political trust, social trust and trustworthiness in Zimbabwe?

Political trust is an important factor in ensuring compliance with governance and governments, and there is a growing an extensive literature on this useful concept (Newton. 2001; Levi & Stoker. 2000). It is frequently examined in surveys on the political views of citizens, and questions about political trust have been included in every Afrobarometer survey carried out in African countries, Zimbabwe included, since 1999.
A previous study on political trust in Zimbabwe examined political trust over time, from 1999 to 2017 (RAU. 2019). This study demonstrated that frequencies of strong political trust in government officials and agencies were low, little more than 30% ever expressed strong political trust, and, furthermore, that trust was minimised by political fear, and for every year since, and including 1999. It also demonstrated that the frequencies of strong political trust were a feature of rural residence (and possibly political affiliation).

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