THE world is considered a more corrupt place now than it was three years ago, a poll suggested on Thursday. Some 56 per cent of people interviewed by Transparency International said their country had become more corrupt, reported BBC. The organisation put Afghanistan, Nigeria, Iraq and India in the most corrupt category, followed by China, Russia and much of the Middle East. Meanwhile, a BBC poll suggests that corruption is the worlds most talked about problem. About one in five of those polled by the BBC said they had discussed issues relating to corruption with others in the last month, making it the most talked about concern ahead of climate change, poverty, unemployment and rising food and energy costs. In the Transparency International survey, political parties were regarded as the most corrupt institutions, and 50 per cent of people believed their government was ineffective at tackling the problem. One in four of those polled said they had paid a bribe in the past year - the police being the most common recipient. Some 29 per cent of bribes went to the police, 20 per cent to registry and permit officials, and 14 per cent to members of the judiciary. Political parties have long been regarded as the most corrupt institutions - they topped the list in Transparencys 2004 barometer with 71 per cent. In this years report, 80 per cent regarded them as corrupt. Religious bodies experienced a sharp rise in people regarding them as corrupt 28 per cent in 2004 increased to 53 per cent by 2010. People from Afghanistan, Nigeria, Iraq and India were among those who perceived the highest levels of corruption in their daily lives. At least half of the people surveyed in those countries reported paying a bribe in the past year. While people from Cambodia (84 per cent) and Liberia (89 per cent) were the most likely to have to pay a bribe, the Danish reported 0 per cent bribery. The opinion poll commissioned by the BBC sampled 13,000 people in 26 nations.