Global Corruption Barometer shows police, political parties, parliaments [are] most compromised.

Scepticism about government efforts

Bribes for essential public services

Political parties again seen as most corrupt

Religious bodies, NGOs make a positive showing - barely

Corruption affects personal, political and commercial life

UN Convention [UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)] is key

A wake-up call, says Labelle

The 2006 Barometer, a public opinion survey conducted for Transparency International by Gallup International, looks at the extent of corruption through the eyes of ordinary citizens around the world. It explores the issue of petty bribery in greater depth than ever before, highlighting people's personal experience of bribery, and identifying the sectors most affected by corruption, its frequency, and how much people must pay...

"This worldwide poll shows that corruption has a dramatic effect on the lives of individuals. Its power is enormous," said Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International. "When basic services like electricity are denied to the poor because they cannot afford a small bribe, there is no light in the home, no warmth for the children and no escape for the government from its responsibility to take action."