Well that’s not saying a lot given the recent scandals and mismanagement we’ve been hearing about – and suffered from in some cases.
The clergy were the most trusted a generation ago but how they have fallen from grace. They are now considered to be more likely to lie than scientists, doctors, teachers, and judges.
This is according to the Veracity Index (part of Ipsos Mori) which has been measuring levels of public trust since 1983.
Now over 2/3 of people trust their hairdresser to tell the truth; women slightly more than men. Are people deluded? Of course the new colour is right for you, and let’s take a bit more of there. Really? And of course you’ll need some new products to maintain that salon-fresh look.
This is a marginally higher proportion than trust the police, and 50% more than trust charity chief executives (perhaps due to over-the-top canvassing and over-the-top salaries?)
Politicians remain the least trusted profession. In fact I wouldn’t justify calling it a profession just a well-paid part-time job with lots of perks and opportunities to fiddle expenses . So no surprise that they have been consistently rated as untrustworthy for the last three decades.
People would rather trust another person in the street than any of the elite groups mentioned above.
- Doctors (89%)
- Teachers (86%)
- Judges (80%)
- Scientists (79%)
- Hairdressers (69%)
- Priests (67%) down from 85% 30 years ago
- Politicians (21%)
- Government ministers (22%)
- Estate Agents (25%)
- Journalists (25%)
- Business leaders (35%)