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South Africans not very trusting

2010-05-31 16:46

Johannesburg - South Africans trust no one, according to a survey released on Monday.

A poll by financial comparison website Justmoney.co.za asked its users who they trusted the most: bankers, journalists or politicians.

"They replied that they trust no one!" said general manager of Justmoney.co.za, Andy Gilder.

Out of the respondents, 64% said that they did not trust anyone - "which is worrying for those who are working in these professions".

Gilder said he was not too surprised by the results.

Bankers most trusted

"At face value the results of the poll would suggest a mistrusting society, but I suppose the results need to be taken with a pinch of salt - the temptation to reply with 'none of the above' may have been too much for some people to avoid."

With such uncertain economic times, the most surprising result was the fact that 20% of users actually trusted bankers the most.

However, Gilder said that the trust level between customers and their bankers should be higher.

"It's not surprising to see that nobody trusts politicians I suppose - that's an accepted norm worldwide, but journalists and bankers should instil a little more trust in society than these would figures indicate."

Gilder said jokingly that FIFA was probably the least trusted out of all.

"I'd be interested to see the results if we had added an option called 'FIFA' to this list.

"I'd imagine local opinion of the football body would be pretty low at this stage," he said.