What profession do you trust the most?

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

Here’s a little quiz for you: How you would rate the honesty and ethics of people in the following professions? Pick three professions where you believe honesty and ethics as very high. Now pick three professions where you believe honesty and ethics as very low.

. High school teachers

. Accountants

. MPPs/MLAs

. Car Salespeople

. Labour union leaders

. Funeral directors

. Community pharmacists

. Journalists

. Clergy

. Bankers

. Stockbrokers

. Real estate agents

. Business executives

. Lawyers

. Provincial government officials

. Police officers

. Medical doctors

. Building contractors

Every few years a public poll pops up ranking a variety of professions in terms of integrity and honesty.

Obviously I am intrigued by the results, especially as it relates to my profession as a journalist.

I’m happy to say that after years near the bottom of the heap, reporters and editors everywhere can celebrate the fact our profession has risen to about the middle of the pack.

In a recent poll by Nanos, 37.6 per cent of respondents felt journalists had a ‘very high’ or ‘high’ rate of honesty and ethics. Forty-two per cent ranked journalists as having average honesty and ethics.

Let’s start with the bottom of the pile and see how closely you ranked the professions Canadians trust the least.

Stockbrokers finished dead last, with only 2.1 per cent rating these professionals very high on the honesty scale. Considering the blood bath that has taken place in the market over the past two years, it’s no surprise share traffickers finished last.

Many people blame greedy business executives for the financial collapse that drove the entire planet into recession. So it’s no surprise the public has little to no faith in the honesty and ethics of CEOs and the like. They finished second last, with just 2.6 per cent rating this profession very high in terms of honesty.

I would never have ranked the next profession so low, partly because I have a friend who is a car salesman and he always looks after me and gets me a great deal. But car salespeople finished third last, with just 2.8 per cent believing these professionals have a very high standard of honesty.

MPPs and MPs, real estate agents, bankers and lawyers were all ranked in the bottom end for honesty and ethics.

So how did you do ranking the top trusted professions?

No. 1 was easy, medical doctors. I don’t think we have a choice but to trust our doctors. More than 25.7 per cent of people ranked doctors as having a very high standard for honesty and ethics. Over 75 per cent of respondents put doctors in the very high and high category.

Community pharmacists came in at No. 2. With so many people relying on medication to assist with various ailments, I’m not surprised this profession is ranked so high.

High school teachers were third, and police officers fourth. Clergy, believe it or not, only ranked fifth.

Most satisfying for me, as a journalist, was the fact our profession finished ahead of labour union leaders, lawyers and politicians.

Personally, I ranked politicians dead last.

What profession do you trust the most?

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

Here’s a little quiz for you: How you would rate the honesty and ethics of people in the following professions? Pick three professions where you believe honesty and ethics as very high. Now pick three professions where you believe honesty and ethics as very low.

. High school teachers

. Accountants

. MPPs/MLAs

. Car Salespeople

. Labour union leaders

. Funeral directors

. Community pharmacists

. Journalists

. Clergy

. Bankers

. Stockbrokers

. Real estate agents

. Business executives

. Lawyers

. Provincial government officials

. Police officers

. Medical doctors

. Building contractors

Every few years a public poll pops up ranking a variety of professions in terms of integrity and honesty.

Obviously I am intrigued by the results, especially as it relates to my profession as a journalist.

I’m happy to say that after years near the bottom of the heap, reporters and editors everywhere can celebrate the fact our profession has risen to about the middle of the pack.

In a recent poll by Nanos, 37.6 per cent of respondents felt journalists had a ‘very high’ or ‘high’ rate of honesty and ethics. Forty-two per cent ranked journalists as having average honesty and ethics.

Let’s start with the bottom of the pile and see how closely you ranked the professions Canadians trust the least.

Stockbrokers finished dead last, with only 2.1 per cent rating these professionals very high on the honesty scale. Considering the blood bath that has taken place in the market over the past two years, it’s no surprise share traffickers finished last.

Many people blame greedy business executives for the financial collapse that drove the entire planet into recession. So it’s no surprise the public has little to no faith in the honesty and ethics of CEOs and the like. They finished second last, with just 2.6 per cent rating this profession very high in terms of honesty.

I would never have ranked the next profession so low, partly because I have a friend who is a car salesman and he always looks after me and gets me a great deal. But car salespeople finished third last, with just 2.8 per cent believing these professionals have a very high standard of honesty.

MPPs and MPs, real estate agents, bankers and lawyers were all ranked in the bottom end for honesty and ethics.

So how did you do ranking the top trusted professions?

No. 1 was easy, medical doctors. I don’t think we have a choice but to trust our doctors. More than 25.7 per cent of people ranked doctors as having a very high standard for honesty and ethics. Over 75 per cent of respondents put doctors in the very high and high category.

Community pharmacists came in at No. 2. With so many people relying on medication to assist with various ailments, I’m not surprised this profession is ranked so high.

High school teachers were third, and police officers fourth. Clergy, believe it or not, only ranked fifth.

Most satisfying for me, as a journalist, was the fact our profession finished ahead of labour union leaders, lawyers and politicians.

Personally, I ranked politicians dead last.

What profession do you trust the most?

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

Here’s a little quiz for you: How you would rate the honesty and ethics of people in the following professions? Pick three professions where you believe honesty and ethics as very high. Now pick three professions where you believe honesty and ethics as very low.

. High school teachers

. Accountants

. MPPs/MLAs

. Car Salespeople

. Labour union leaders

. Funeral directors

. Community pharmacists

. Journalists

. Clergy

. Bankers

. Stockbrokers

. Real estate agents

. Business executives

. Lawyers

. Provincial government officials

. Police officers

. Medical doctors

. Building contractors

Every few years a public poll pops up ranking a variety of professions in terms of integrity and honesty.

Obviously I am intrigued by the results, especially as it relates to my profession as a journalist.

I’m happy to say that after years near the bottom of the heap, reporters and editors everywhere can celebrate the fact our profession has risen to about the middle of the pack.

In a recent poll by Nanos, 37.6 per cent of respondents felt journalists had a ‘very high’ or ‘high’ rate of honesty and ethics. Forty-two per cent ranked journalists as having average honesty and ethics.

Let’s start with the bottom of the pile and see how closely you ranked the professions Canadians trust the least.

Stockbrokers finished dead last, with only 2.1 per cent rating these professionals very high on the honesty scale. Considering the blood bath that has taken place in the market over the past two years, it’s no surprise share traffickers finished last.

Many people blame greedy business executives for the financial collapse that drove the entire planet into recession. So it’s no surprise the public has little to no faith in the honesty and ethics of CEOs and the like. They finished second last, with just 2.6 per cent rating this profession very high in terms of honesty.

I would never have ranked the next profession so low, partly because I have a friend who is a car salesman and he always looks after me and gets me a great deal. But car salespeople finished third last, with just 2.8 per cent believing these professionals have a very high standard of honesty.

MPPs and MPs, real estate agents, bankers and lawyers were all ranked in the bottom end for honesty and ethics.

So how did you do ranking the top trusted professions?

No. 1 was easy, medical doctors. I don’t think we have a choice but to trust our doctors. More than 25.7 per cent of people ranked doctors as having a very high standard for honesty and ethics. Over 75 per cent of respondents put doctors in the very high and high category.

Community pharmacists came in at No. 2. With so many people relying on medication to assist with various ailments, I’m not surprised this profession is ranked so high.

High school teachers were third, and police officers fourth. Clergy, believe it or not, only ranked fifth.

Most satisfying for me, as a journalist, was the fact our profession finished ahead of labour union leaders, lawyers and politicians.

Personally, I ranked politicians dead last.