TDs are least trusted people
Published 27/04/2011 | 11:51
Doctors, teachers, professors and judges are the most trusted professions in Ireland, while TDs are the least trusted, a new poll has found.
The survey found that 88pc of Irish adults trust doctors to tell truth, while 79pc trust teachers, 72pc trust professors and 71pc trust judges.
However, just 12pc of the 1,000 people surveyed said they trust TDs. A quarter of respondents trust pollsters and trust in business leaders was at 27pc.
The poll, conducted by Millward Brown Lansdowne Omnibus for the Irish Medical Council, found that 64pc of people trust the gardai, while 63pc trust TV newsreaders, but just 37pc trust journalists.
Half the respondents said they trust priests while 61pc said they trust scientists and 45pc trust civil servants.
A total of 93pc said they were satisfied with their doctor while 85pc felt that most doctors were doing their job well according to the nationally representative sample of adults aged 16 or over taken at 64 sample points nationwide.
Professor Kieran Murphy, president of the Medical Council, said that trust has to be earned rather than accepted blindly. From next month all doctors will be obliged to keep their knowledge and skills up to date, he said.
The Medical Council received 361 complaints against doctors last year, an increase of 61 on the previous year. Most of the complaints were about professional standards, rudeness, treatment or communication issues.