Wednesday 28 September 2016

Poll shows dip in trust in polls

Published 20/05/2015 | 00:06

The polls failed to predict David Cameron's election victory
The polls failed to predict David Cameron's election victory

Trust in pollsters is low after their failure to forecast the Tory majority in the general election - a poll has found.

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Only 17% of 2,010 British adults surveyed said they trust pollsters, under close scrutiny since May 7, compared to 50% who said they did not.

The exercise, carried out by political lobbyists PLMR and ComRes, revealed doctors are the most trusted (84%), followed by teachers (80%) and the police (62%).

At the other end of the scale, politicians are the least trusted (10%), just below journalists on 11% and estate agents on 15%.

Just 18% said they trust bankers, compared to 69% who said they did not.

Kevin Craig, managing director of PLMR, said: "After the general election result, it's fair to say the stock of pollsters has fallen and that they haven't enjoyed a huge amount of public support.

"Their job is of course complex, but the general perception is that their primary function is to accurately predict the outcome of elections - something they spectacularly failed to do.

"Since the election result was announced, pollsters have been looking in great depth at the way they do things. This survey underlines the scale of the work they have to do to rebuild confidence in them."

Those questioned were given a list of the eight professions and asked "generally speaking, do you trust each of the following professions or not?"

Just 10% said they did not trust doctors, with the remaining 6% falling into the "don't know" category.

A similarly low number - just 11%- said they did not trust teachers, with the remaining 9% answering that they did not know.

Some 26% said they did not trust the police (11% don't knows), compared to 69% who said they did not trust bankers (13% don't knows).

That figure was significantly higher than the 50% who said they did not trust pollsters, explained by the fact there was a larger number of don't knows (33%).

Eighty per cent said they did not trust politicians, with 10% opting for the don't know response.

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