89 per cent of the public trust doctors to tell the truth
The latest Irish Times MRBI Poll found that 89 per cent of the public trust doctors to tell them the truth. This finding makes doctors the most trusted professionals in Ireland.
When asked do you trust business leaders, civil servants, doctors, Gardai, TDs, Government Ministers or journalists, doctors were ranked as the most trustworthy by a significant margin.
Gardai emerged as the next most trusted group of professionals by the public with 67 per cent saying they trust them to tell the truth. Civil servants were next with 55 per cent indicating their trust in them while journalists were trusted by 50 per cent of the public surveyed.
Government Ministers fared worst, with just 20 per cent saying they would trust them to tell the truth with TDs just slightly ahead at 23 per cent. Business leaders also scored badly with 36 per cent saying they trust them.
The high regard with which doctors are held amongst the Irish public has remained broadly unchanged in recent years. A survey on behalf of the Medical Council conducted by Millward Brown Landsdowne in 2011 found that 88 per cent of adults trusted doctors to tell the truth.