A survey by continental pollster Afrobarometer says Malawians place more trust in faith leaders and the Malawi Defence Force (MDF).
The poll, released recently, indicates that 8 out of 10 nationals look up to the two groups, and not other groups such as politicians, traditional leaders, and others.
The 97% of Malawians belong to one faith or another, with about 84% being Christian, 13% Muslim.
A God-fearing nation, Malawi has never been to war, but places a lot of trust in the military, which has been rated one of the best in Africa and beyond.
Afrobarometer is an independent research project that measures the social, political and economic atmosphere in Africa.