The 2009 Edelman Trust Barometer is the 10th edition of the firm's annual trust and credibility survey. It was launched in partnership with the Financial Times on 27th January 2009 in London.
Additional research looking specifically at trust in relation to entertainment, launched on the 7th July 2009, by Edelman, reveals that UK adults aged 18-34 are more trusting in the entertainment industry than those in the US. UK trust in the sector remains stable at 29% compared to last year, whereas the US has seen a sharp decline of 15 points to 17%.
With trust in the entertainment industry linked to an increased willingness to buy a company’s products, the differences between the two countries is further highlighted by consumers’ purchasing habits: 66% of consumers in the UK say they are spending the same or more on digital entertainment compared with last year, versus 56% in the US.
For the fourth year running, the Trust in the Entertainment Industry survey explores attitudes toward entertainment companies in the UK and US. It examines the impact trust has on behaviours such as purchase, recommendation, file downloading and sharing. Trust in the Entertainment Industry 2009 follows Edelman’s tenth Trust Barometer, published in January 2009, which ranks the entertainment industry as the fifth most trusted (50%), following technology, healthcare, food and biotech, among UK opinion formers aged 35-64. In the US, trust in the entertainment industry is ranked 3rd from the bottom (33%), sharing its position with the automotive industry and just topping insurance and media companies.