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Doctors named as second most trusted professionals in UK

Doctors have been named as the second most trusts professionals after nurses, but ahead of teachers and journalists.

Around 91% of people said they trusted doctors to tell the truth, just behind nurses on 93%, but far higher than the likes of NHS managers, who have a rating of 48%.

This is slightly higher rating for doctors than a similar poll last year, which found that 87% of people trusted their family doctor.

New polling by Ipsos MORI and Mumsnet, released to understand why people voted as they did during the EU referendum, shows that politicians are again at the bottom of the table, with only 15% of people trusting them to tell the truth, compared with 20% for Government ministers, 30% for estate agents and 37% for bankers.

Although distrust of pollsters, civil servants and business leaders has increased this year, support for scientists remains high with eight out of 10 people saying they trust them.

Economists, who were included in the index for the first time, come in the middle of the table, trusted by 48% - coincidentally, exactly the proportion of the electorate that voted to remain in the EU, the results showed.

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Readers' comments (10)

  • Dear All,
    And journalists?
    Paul C

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  • Surprise Surprise 15% people trusted politicians, Mr Hunt & company must be over the moon that at least somebody trusts them.

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  • What about dispensing GPs? You know because they can always be trusted to only dispense for the patients they're entitled to dispense for...

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  • And pharmacists will only give those entitiled to the flu jab the said jab of course.

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  • Yes and they always make sure the patient's GP is informed about the flu jab in an accurate and timely manner….

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  • Lower than nurses? Fix!

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  • GP's were always the folk patients trusted the most, as for NHS managers, I wouldn't trust them sticking a stamp on a letter!

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  • I am amazed politicians get 15% considering they never ever tell the truth;ever.. being a sick perverse lying bunch of evil self serving smug out of touch corrupt charlatans in general(or certainly our current government)..completely unworthy of their predecessors ..since the 80's the corrupt corporate rot really set in and has now bloomed in its now foul stench.
    I am pleased that the wisdom of the british people seems to see through the disgusting utterly evil insane and damaging campaign of factitious hatred generated against the profession by the execrable propaganda toilet roll unworthy to wipe anyone's behind..the reprehensible filthy heil..a national disgrace and wrecker organisation that should be summarily liquidated and closed down..though to be fair (though I think you can tell I am in NO such mood and never will be)it spreads equally misinformed distorted hatefully partisan utterly moronic silage all over nearly everyone except its own tower of lies.
    PS ..ask them again about hunt's score.i suggest minus infinity.

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  • polls in the modern era are won't to be wrong. The Americans trust trump!

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  • Bob Hodges

    The people of Britain are clever enough not to trust politicians, but stupid enough to believe politicians when they slag off the professions they claim to 'trust'.

    Oh, and Brexit.

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