Poll reveals doctors are most trusted profession

Doctors are the most trusted profession, according to a poll of more than 1,000 British adults.

Dr Holden: 'Governments should listen to doctors more.'
Dr Holden: 'Governments should listen to doctors more.'

The poll by Ipsos MORI revealed that 89% of the 1,018 adults surveyed trust doctors to tell the truth, 9% said they didn’t trust them to tell the truth and a further 2% said they didn’t know.

Teachers came second with 86% of people trusting them to tell the truth followed by scientists with 83%. This compares with the ‘ordinary man/woman in the street’ who scored 64%. Only 23% of the people polled trust politicians to tell the truth.

GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden said: ‘This doesn’t surprise me. It is very much what we have always known. Doctors sacrifice that trust at their peril. I would be worried if we weren’t at the top. Governments should listen to doctors more. The nature of the health service is that it is long term and politicians are short-term opportunists.’

The phone poll was conducted between 9 and 11 February.

Head of political research at Ipsos MORI, Gideon Skinner, said: ‘These results show once again the disconnect that exists between voters and their perception of the political elite. Rebuilding trust in our political system is a challenge that faces all parties.’


Ipsos MORI poll

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