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 16 and over have great confidence in the police (68%). Just over half of the population (57%) also have great confidence in the judicial system. The rate of persons with great confidence in the political system is lower (47%).
With regard to the police and the judicial system, the generation consistently has the highest level of confidence (74% and 66% respectively for these two institutions). The 2nd or subsequent generations have a lower confidence in the police than the population without a migration background (62% vs. 66%). Regarding the great confidence in the political and judicial systems, both population groups have equivalent rates.
Overall, between 2014 and 2019, a significant increase can be observed in confidence in all three institutions for all three population groups, with the exception of the 2nd or subsequent generations for whom the difference in trust in the judicial system is not significant.
Regardless of major region or the type of institution (political, judicial or the police), the population with a migration background has – in most cases – greater confidence than the population without a migration background. The greatest relative differences can be seen in North-West Switzerland with regard to confidence in the political system and the judicial system. With regard to the high level of trust in the police, the relative gap between the population with a migration background (74%) and the population without a migration background (58%) is the largest in the Ticino region.
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 16 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).