This indicator is recommended by the EU and serves to gauge the mood of the various population groups. The more confidence the different groups have in political institutions, the better their integration.
Most of the resident population aged 18 and over have great confidence in the police (65%). Just over half of the population (53%) also have great confidence in the judicial system. The rate of people with great confidence in the political system is lower (44%).
Although the migration status does not affect the hierarchy of confidence placed in the various institutions (the police, judicial and political systems), for each system considered, significantly greater confidence can be observed in the population with a migration background than in the population with no migration background. The greatest relative difference between the two groups can be seen with regard to the political system (53% compared with 40%, i.e. 1.3 times greater).
Overall, between 2014 and 2017, a slight but significant increase can be observed in confidence in the political and judicial systems and in the police in both population groups.
Regardless of major region or the type of institution (political, judicial or the police) considered, the population with a migration background has greater confidence than the population with no migration background. Exceptions to this are Ticino regarding confidence in all systems and Northwest Switzerland, Zurich, Eastern and Central Switzerland regarding confidence towards the police: in these major regions, the differences between the two population groups are not statistically significant. The greatest relative differences can be seen in the Lake Geneva region, Espace Mittelland and Northwest Switzerland with regard to confidence in the political system.
This indicator measures the confidence that the population has in different Swiss institutions. The following institutions are considered:
1. The political system in Switzerland;
2. The judicial system in Switzerland (i.e. Institutions such as the courts, the efficiency of their procedures and the impartiality of their decisions, etc.);
3. The police in Switzerland.
To assess the level of confidence in these institutions, the following question is asked in the SILC questionnaire: “What level of trust do you have in each of the following institutions, on a scale of 0 "no trust" and 10 "complete and full trust? “. The results produced for this indicator represent the percentage of people aged 18 and over who responded with the codes 8 to 10.
Following changes to the survey framework and improvements in the weighting model, results from 2014 on can no longer be directly compared with those from previous years (series break).