POLITICAL SCIENCE: Collapse In Trust Is A Good Predictor Of Collapse In Governments. “That is the real story here. We asked people whether they trusted government officials in their country to tell the truth about a difficult issue and the results were abysmal. In nearly every country surveyed, government leaders were less trusted to tell the truth than business leaders. However, European countries were far more likely than countries in other regions to say they do not trust government leaders at all to tell the truth.”