On 15 November, a study – Global Corruption Barometer – Pacific – from Transparency International says that when it comes to corruption, the Pacific has been one of the most under-studied regions in the world. The NGO asked over 6,000 Pacific Islanders across ten countries and territories what they think about corruption, if they have directly experienced it, and whether things can change. The result is said to be the most extensive public opinion data on corruption ever gathered in the region. It says that 32% of interviewees recently paid a bribe to receive public services – a higher rate than any other region surveyed by Transparency International, but rates differ widely by country.
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