The Army Is the Most Trustworthy Institution for Guatemalans
By Dialogo July 20, 2012About 84 percent of Guatemalans consider the Army the most trustworthy institution of the state, and in contrast, about 72 percent judge that Congress is the least trustworthy one, according to a survey published by a local media outlet on July 17.
About 48 percent of the 1,203 people interviewed had a positive view of the activities of the judicial branch, and about 39 percent said the same about the National Civil Police, but only about 28 percent said that they had confidence in the work of the legislature, according to the poll by the firm Prodato, conducted at the request of the daily Prensa Libre.
The Army, involved in serious human-rights violations during the civil war (1960-1996), won popularity in the last decade following the decision by successive administrations to send it into the streets to confront organized crime, especially drug trafficking.
In Guatemala, violence leaves a daily average of 16 people dead, and the homicide rate is 42 per 100,000 inhabitants, one of the highest in the world.
The poll was conducted between July 2 and 8, with a margin of error of 2.8 percent.