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How's Life? 2013 Study Shows Government Trust Took A Hit From Economic Crisis

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BRUSSELS — BRUSSELS (AP) — A leading international economic think-tank says the financial crisis of the past few years has severely sapped confidence in government around the world.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which represents the world's wealthiest economies said in a report on Tuesday that "confidence in institutions declined substantially in countries severely hit by the crisis, while people reported soaring stress levels."

According to the report, the percentage of people that trust national government declined in the United States from 50 percent in 2009 to 35 percent last year.

For the OECD's euro area it sank from 49.1 to 42.8 percent over the same period, while in Japan it dipped from 27 percent in 2010 to 17 percent last year.

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