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Bribery poll finds little faith in politicians

NO TRUST:Transparency International’s local branch said Taiwanese surveyed felt the legislature was the nation’s most corrupt institution, but the media were not far behind

The Guardian and CNA, with staff writer

Compared with the 2010-2011 survey, belief in citizens’ power to address corruption has dropped from 72 percent to 67 percent across the 91 countries covered by both surveys.

In Taiwan, only 13 percent of respondents thought ordinary people could make a difference in fighting corruption.

“Governments need to make sure that there are strong, independent and well-resourced institutions to prevent and redress corruption,” said Huguette Labelle, chair of Transparency International. “Too many people are harmed when these core institutions and basic services are undermined by the scourge of corruption.”

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