These results show a public sobered by a financial crisis precipitated by weak regulations and a lack of corporate accountability.
The 2009 Global Corruption Barometer presents the main findings of a public opinion survey that explores the general public’s views of corruption, as well as experiences of bribery around the world. It assesses the extent to which key institutions and public services are perceived to be corrupt, measures citizens’ views on government efforts to fight corruption, and this year, for the first time, includes questions about the level of state capture and people’s willingness to pay a premium for clean corporate behaviour.
The Barometer, now in its sixth edition, draws from Gallup International’s Voice of the People Survey and other survey work and this year reflects the responses of 73,132 people in 69 countries and territories, gathered between October 2008 and February 2009. Respondents were asked about their experiences of petty bribery, their perception of the pervasiveness of corruption in domestic institutions, and their views on the integrity of the private sector and of government effectiveness in fighting corruption.