Despite the trust deficit gap, people support governmental regulation of business Only four percent say “government should not play a role in business.” Thirty-one percent believe government "should protect consumers from irresponsible business practices” and 25 percent want regulators to “ensure companies are behaving responsibly.”
On a nation-by-nation breakout, 77 percent of Chinese believe government “does not regulate business enough.” That’s followed by Spain (70 percent), Mexico (68 percent), Ireland (64 percent) and Hong Kong (61 percent). The U.S. weighs in at 40 percent. Singapore, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Poland and Netherlands are the five nations rounding out the list.
A big surprise: media is the only institution (government, business, non-governmental organizations) measured by Edelman to show a rise in trust. The biggest gains were made in India (+20 points), U.S. (+18), U.K. (+15) and Italy (+12).