Trust me, I’m a doctor

2014-05-11 15:00

In a finding that will come as absolutely no surprise to most people, politicians are the least trustworthy ­professionals in the world.

That’s according to a new study by a German think tank that surveyed people’s attitudes to different professions in 25 countries, including South Africa.

Only one country didn’t put politicians at the bottom – Indonesians trust insurance agents even less than they trust those running the country.

GfK Verein interviewed just over 28?000 people in Europe, North and South America, the Asia/Pacific ­region and Africa to compile its Trust in Professions 2014 report.

South Africans put doctors on top, with 95% of those surveyed saying they trusted these medical professionals most of all. Professional athletes and footballers fared well here, too – 84% of South Africans surveyed said they “completely or generally trust” sports stars.

Politicians scored just 43% among South Africans for trustworthiness. GfK Verein said in its analysis that this lack of trust is “undoubtedly” caused by “corruption, the complicated bureaucracy and a government that, according to the media, engages itself too little in economic development”.

Policemen rank in the bottom three of South Africa’s trusted professions – 61% said they trusted the men and women in blue.

“Their relatively poor placing?...?can presumably most likely be traced to allegations of too harsh action,” the think tank said in its report on the findings.

Doctors also came out tops in Kenya and were tied for first place with teachers in Indonesia.

Nigerians trust farmers most, 98% of Indians surveyed said they’d put their faith in soldiers, South Koreans chose nurses as their most trusted professionals and 90% of Turks ranked pharmacists ahead of other professionals.

For the rest, fire fighters were voted most trustworthy.

The least trusted professions on the list were lawyers, police, advertising specialists and mayors. Politicians and insurance agents tied for last , garnering just 31% trustworthiness on average across all 25 countries.

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