Trust in government fell nine points to 43 percent internationally, according to 2012 Edelman Trust Barometer. The result shows clearly that citizens around the world have little faith in the government’s ability to do what needs to be done in the wake of political and economic upheaval.

A total of 25 countries were surveyed. In 17, less than half of respondents think the government will do what’s right. In a dozen, including France, China, and Japan, trust in government fell more than 10 points. And across the broader swath of the population, almost half say they don’t trust the government to tell the truth.

“What we saw around the world was that government didn’t step up and do its job,” Ben Boyd, Edelman‘s global chair of the corporate practice, told us this morning. In the U.S. Boyd said the “inaction and friction between Congress and the President” was a big problem.

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