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08 October 2012

Trust in the Police after the terror attacks of July 22, 2011 in Norway

Trust in the Police after the terror attacks of July 22, 2011 in Norway

By: Jon Strype, Marit Egge and Gunnar Thomassen
Norwegian Police University College*

The level of trust in the Norwegian police is high compared to most countries and the stability over time suggests that trust is a stable trait of society that doesn’t change abruptly. However, some events have a high impact on people and affect them in such as manner that it is natural to assume they might influence the level of trust. The terror attack that took place on July 22, 2011 in Norway is such an event.

Three telephone surveys have been conducted covering representative samples of the Norwegian population (August 2011, November 2011, and March 2012), with approx. 1000 respondents surveyed each time. One more survey is scheduled to take place in August 2012, following the July report of the commission. The results are compared with Norwegians’ degree of trust in the police in the three years before the attack (collected by TNS Gallup on behalf of the Norwegian Police Directorate), and also with the European Social Survey (ESS) of 2010.

Right after the July 22 incident, the police was viewed very positively by the Norwegians. However, it appears that this initial effect was temporary, and that the public’s view of the police now is more in line with previous years, although still more positive than before the incidents.

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Trust in the police after July 22nd .pdf [0.74 MB],