MPs 'most untrustworthy profession'
Politicians have beaten bankers to the top spot in a survey of the UK's most distrusted professions.
More than half of Britons (57%) said they were more suspicious of MPs than of the pin-striped City fat cats widely blamed for the credit crunch, who received 43% of the vote.
Car salesmen came in joint third place alongside journalists, with 41% saying they were most wary of these professions.
The long-distrusted estate agent trailed in fifth place, gaining 39% of the vote.
Footballers, with their eye-watering pay packets and well-documented infidelities, were revealed to be the 10th most distrusted. More than one fifth of respondents (21%) voted them the worst.
The research, carried out by the Co-operative Bank, also revealed that more than half of Britons (54%) are less trusting than they were a year ago, with the recession (24%), poor service levels (40%) and society becoming more selfish (42%) cited as the main factors influencing this change in attitude.
:: The survey of 3,000 adults was carried out by onepoll.com on behalf of the Co-operative Bank.