The Portuguese have more trust in the Government than the European average

  • ECO News
  • 3 April 2017

In spite of the unprecedented government solution found by António Costa, the trust the Portuguese have in the Executive is increasing.

The Portuguese have more trust in national political institutions, more so than the European average. The national Standard Eurobarometer 86 report shows the rate of trust in the Parliament and the Government is increasing, in spite of the unprecedented government solution António Costa found — his Socialist Party started a parliamentary coalition with the Left Block and the Communist Party.

In Portugal, there is a “recovery tendency, particularly throughout 2016”, especially when it comes to the Parliament and the Government, states the report published by the Portuguese newspaper Público. “The proportion of Portuguese who trust these institutions in the 2016 Autumn are twice as high as those registered in the previous Autumn, and slightly higher than the European average”, it is stated.

While the previous report (2015 Autumn) analysed data collected on a standstill moment concerning the Government to take office based on the elections’ result, this report discusses data collected almost a year after the establishment of the minority government — the Socialist Party with the support of the leftist parties, having already Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa as the President.

“This unprecedented solution for the Government has proved itself stable, and by the time of this Eurobarometer survey, both the prime minister and the President of the Republic were widely popular”, is stated in the survey published by Público, made by a team from the University of Lisbon and the University of Aveiro.