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Doctors 'most trusted profession'
Medical groups said they were delighted with the poll results
Members of the public trust doctors above all other professionals, according to a survey.

Pollsters commissioned by the Royal College of Physicians asked people whom they would trust to tell the truth from a list of 19 professions.

The results suggest 92% trust doctors, closely followed by teachers (88%) and professors (80%). Judges and members of the clergy were trusted by 75%.

Fewer people believe journalists and politicians than any other profession.

Doctors have regularly topped the list of most trusted professions since the yearly poll began in 1983.

'Reassuring results'

Ian Gilmore, President of the Royal College of Physicians, said he was delighted with the survey's findings.

The public approval fitted in with efforts made by the college to "redefine the doctor-patient relationship in a changing world", he said.

Most trusted:
Doctors Trust - 92%
Do not trust - 5%
Teachers Trust - 88%
Do not trust - 7%
Professors Trust - 80%
Do not trust - 8%

Least trusted:

Business leaders Trust - 31%
Do not trust - 56%
Politicians Trust - 20%
Do not trust - 72%
Journalists Trust - 19%
Do not trust - 72%
Source: Mori poll of 2,000 adults

"With patients having access to an increasing range of health facts and figures about their health, it is reassuring to know that the doctor-patient relationship is still highly valued."

The poll is undertaken annually by the survey firm Mori.

They asked 2,074 adults in Great Britain to say whether they generally trusted people in 19 different professions to tell the truth.

Politicians and government ministers were among the lowest rated - only one-in-five adults trusts them to tell the truth, and a huge majority do not.

Journalists ranked lowest with just 19% trusting them.

Other pointers included 29% of those asked saying they would not trust "the ordinary man or woman in the street".

While being trusted by 61% of those surveyed, the police were not trusted by 29%.

Civil servants, trade unionists and pollsters garnered about half of the public's trust. Scientists (72%) and TV news readers (66%) faired better.


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