Would You Trust This Survey?

I was wondering how some of the people even made it to the list of most trusted New Zealanders when I read the fine print – respondents were asked to rate 85 well know people on a scale of 1 to 10 as to how much they trusted them.

The ranking which put VC winner Corporal Willie Apiata at number one (replacing the late Sir Ed Hillary) is here. Peter Snell, Colin Meads, Margaret Mahy and Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell follow him.

 The list of most trusted professions is here.

Farmers are the 13th most trusted occupation, between dentists and police officers in 11th equal place and scientists and chidlcare providers in 14th and 15th.

Journalists, sigh, are at 34; between taxi drivers and psychics/astrologers.  I’m not sure there is any comfort in ranking just above real estate agents, sex workers, car salesmen, politicians and telemarketers who take the 36th to 40th slots.

2 Responses to Would You Trust This Survey?

  1. truthseekernz says:

    Almost all of us will read newspapers and we have some everyday experience with police and many other professions. However….I wonder about the ratings of sex workers, for example. Had all 500 people surveyed had the experience of relationships of trust with enough sex workers to make an informed assessment? Similarly politicians. Given most people rarely have any direct contact with any of them, their impressions can only be via the media…..who rank low in trust.

    Sue bradford is ranked 4th from the bottom. I know her personally and would place at or near number 1.

    Surveys like this can only be are rubbish.


  2. homepaddock says:

    Of course it’s rubbish – that’s what the question in the heading was saying.


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