In Brief

The most and least trusted professions in the UK

Politicians top list, while nurses, doctors and teachers are considered the most honest

In a year of political upheaval, including a divisive EU referendum campaign in the UK, the public's esteem for politicians has plumbed new depths.

MPs come last in this year's Ipsos Mori "veracity" survey, which ranks the trustworthiness of professions, with only 19 per cent of the public thinking they largely tell the truth.

"One rare point of agreement between Leave and Remain voters is that neither of the campaigns covered themselves in glory; between them they demonstrated most of the characteristics that turn voters off," says the report.

Journalists fared little better and were trusted by a mere 24 per cent of respondents. That sets them below bankers, estate agents and lawyers.

Nurses came out on top, with 93 per cent of people trusting them to tell the truth, followed by teachers, scientists and judges.

Here is the full list of how survey respondants ranked 24 professions in terms of trustworthiness: 

  1. Nurses
  2. Doctors
  3. Teachers
  4. Judges
  5. Scientists
  6. Police
  7. Clergy/priests
  8. Hairdressers
  9. Television news readers
  10. The ordinary man/woman in the street
  11. Civil Servants
  12. Lawyers
  13. Pollsters
  14. Managers in the NHS
  15. Economists
  16. Charity chief executives
  17. Trade union officials
  18. Local councillors
  19. Bankers
  20. Business leaders
  21. Estate agents
  22. Journalists
  23. Government ministers
  24. Politicians generally

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