Maltese people are almost twice as likely to trust the Maltese government over the written press, with only 32% of people residing in the country currently trust the written press, well below the 47% EU average.
An EU Barometer survey shows how the government currently enjoys a 63% trust rating, significantly higher than the 35% EU average, evidenced by the Labour party’s two resounding electoral successes in 2013 and 2016.
Political parties are not granted the same courtesy, holding the trust of 36% of the respondents… still an increase from the 18% recorded throughout Europe
The police (68%) and the army (77%) both scored highly in the survey, while conversely, social networks (24%) and the internet (39%) struggle to gain the trust of the majority of residents.
The EU itself is trusted by 56% of the country.
While 53% trust the television, around 79% of Maltese residents watch it almost daily, with 92% watching it at least once a week
The internet and social media are also well used, with 72% and 65 % using it at least once a week respectively.
Daily written newspaper readership has gone down to 10%, while just 31% claim to read the written press at least once a week. Radio is listened to daily by 42% of respondents.
When it comes to main sources of information on political manners, television remains the most popular, with 73% using the media for local political matters. Websites also hold significant importance with 46% of people using it as their main source of news. Meanwhile, the written press stands at a lowly 14%.
The national report outlines the main findings of Wave 90 of the Standard Eurobarometer. Fieldwork was conducted between the 8th and 22nd November 2018. A total of 503 face–to–face interviews were conducted with respondents residing in Malta and aged 15 years and over.