Last updated on December 21st, 2023 at 08:38 pmReading Time: 3 minutes
This week saw the publication of the 2023 IPSOS Veracity Index, illustrating how trustworthy the Great British Public perceive a selection of Professions to be. Who would you rather trust?
I must begin by revealing that it contained a few surprises to me.
Despite a few recent assorted scandals involving members of the Medical and Teaching professions, they both scored very highly (both 85% or higher), even higher than Judges (74%), and considering the poll is designed to test how well we trust various professions to tell the truth I find that surprising. Doctors remaining the same as 2022, and Nurses only losing
Whilst they have slipped a bit in the last couple of years The Police are, at least, still in the top half of the chart (56%), which is encouraging, but a bit of a surprise bearing in mind the bashing (some deserved, some maybe not) they have taken over the last couple of years.
Propping up the bottom of the table we find (quite shockingly,
but hardly susrprising) Government Ministers and Politicians Generally, both having slipped a few points since lasst year.
Those numbers are an absolute disgrace, for any political party, and, I would dare to suggest, is a pretty good indicator that the governmemnt have lost the Electorate. I don’t need to bring my own political preferences into it to form the opinion that we desperately need a change of government.
How has this been allowed to happen? I can only express an opinion, but Govt Ministers reached their ‘peak’ of perceived trustwortiness in 2008. The Prime Minister at that time was Gordon Brown. He was usurped by Cameron and public perception of Govt trustworthiness went from a Record High to all-time low of 10%.
In the spirit of fairness the equivalent chart for the much-maligned Police, not very popular with government, is reproduced below, but basically illustrates that the public confidence to tell the truth is also at an all-time low, BUT twice as high as Govt Ministers’ all-time HIGH, make of that what you will.