Level of trust, fairness and helpfulness
Data on how trustworthy, fair and helpful people in the UK think other people are.
Summary main findings
Between 2002 and 2018:
- on a scale of 0 to 10, people’s average levels of trust in other people went up from 5.1 to 5.2 (with a score of 10 meaning “most people can be trusted”)
- people’s average perception of fairness went up from 5.5 to 5.7 (with 10 meaning “most people try to be fair”)
- people’s average perception of helpfulness went up from 5.4 to 5.8 (with 10 meaning “people mostly try to be helpful”)
Visualisation for by year
People’s average levels of trust, perceived fairness and helpfulness (UK, 2002 to 2018)
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Data for by year
European Social Survey, data for the UK
2002 to 2018
What the data measures
The data shows people’s median (average) levels of trust and perceptions of fairness and helpfulness in the UK between 2002 and 2018.
Trust was measured on a scale of 0 (meaning "you can't be too careful") to 10 (meaning "most people can be trusted").
Fairness was measured on a scale of 0 ("most people try to take advantage of me") to 10 ("most people try to be fair").
Helpfulness was measured on a scale of 0 ("people mostly look out for themselves") to 10 ("people mostly try to be helpful").
Figures are rounded to 1 decimal place.
Things you need to know
Confidence intervals are used for each year covered by the data.
Type of data
Read more in State of the Nation 2023 on GOV.UK.
This file contains the following variables:
- Indicator code
- Area type
- Area name
- Time period
- Category type
- Sample size
- Lower confidence interval
- Upper confidence interval