An opinion poll commissioned by the BBC news network in 2010 revealed that 56 percent of people interviewed said that their country had become more corrupt. Of the 13,000 people worldwide polled for this corruption barometer, more than half admitted to have paid a bribe in the past year, usually to the police. In addition, majority of the interviewees ranked corruption as the second most important issue affecting their country, next only to poverty but edging out climate change, unemployment, and the increasing prices of food and energy.
And it’s not just the governments that are seen as corrupt. Religious organizations experienced a sharp rise in their reputation for corruption—from 28 percent in 2004 to 53 percent by 2010.
These figures prove that parents today have the daunting task of raising children to become honest, responsible, and empathetic individuals in spite of their own concerns about corruption in the country and in the world.