The Swedes trust their democracy, their institutions, their neighbours and their media, according to an annual public opinion study published on Wednesday.
The Society, Opinion, Media (SOM) Institute report suggests that despite a perception of declining quality of life in Sweden, attitudes towards institutions remain positive. In fact, trust towards political institutions and the media is increasing as Sweden heads to the polls in September 2018.
The annual survey is based on 11,000 respondents aged 16 to 85 and reflects a perception of a better performing economy. Although the wider perception is that certain socioeconomic indicators are worsening, people tend to assume that the improvement of their own personal circumstances does not necessarily correlate with the broader economic climate.
In an interview with the public broadcaster Swedish Radio, one of the authors did specify that trust politically differentiated rather than uniform. Senior researcher Ulrike Andersson said that far-right constituents have lower levels of trust in their institutions, as opposed to more left and liberal learning constituents.