Greece, April 30, 2020
According to a new survey conducted by diaNEOSis and Metron Analysis, the Orthodox Church is currently the 12th most trusted institution in Greece.
The survey was conducted by phone from April 8 to 15 with a nationwide sample of 1,250, including 22 questions “that map out how we live and what we during this time of crisis.” The results are summarized in a report published on dianeosis.org.
“Economic activity has been dramatically reduced, lives have been turned upside down, programs have been canceled, we have just passed the strangest Pascha of our lives and the dramatic effects on the country's economy—and in our pockets—have already begun to show... But what is happening today in the homes of Greeks?... And how have our feelings changed in these last few months?” reads the introduction to the report.
Asked which institutions they most trust, the Church came in 12th place, with a 54.9% confidence rating (down from 58.3 in January 2018).
The most trusted institution is the family, with 97.2% of the vote, followed by the armed forces with 87.1%. The Church also lags behind the Prime Minister, the President, the government in general, the police, the welfare state, the radio, and others.
The report notes that while only 55% of Greeks trust the Church, 85% trust scientists/technocrats. This is not surprising, diaNEOsis comments, noting that in a 2017 survey, when asked: “Do you agree or disagree: whenever science and religion clash, religion is always right,” 21% of Greeks agreed and 66% disagreed.