A new poll carried out by Ipsos MRBI has discovered who we trust most in Ireland — and who we don't trust at all
Market research agency Ipsos MRBI has released its Veracity Index 2020 with one of the main poll questions being "who do we trust the most?"
In Ireland, it seems health professionals are the most trusted individuals in the country. Nurses came out on top with a 97% trust level. In close second was local pharmacists with 96% who are a new addition to the list alongside the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) who received an approval rating of 91%.
Meanwhile, doctors are up three places from last year with 95%.
This comes as no surprise when you think about the trust we have put in the health service since the Covid-19 pandemic began. From Tony Holohan to frontline staff, it has been the healthcare workers who have shouldered much of the responsibility.
Who do we trust the most in 2020?
Healthcare professionals continue to lead the way, with Gardaí, government ministers & other politicians seeing strong increases.
However, in the midst of COVID-19, it seems we trust each other a little less. pic.twitter.com/kRLDN3OYpV
— Ipsos MRBI (@IpsosMRBI) June 9, 2020
People on the street
Rounding off the top 10 are teachers, scientists, judges, weather forecasters, gardaí and television newsreaders.
Still in the green of most trusted are civil servants with a rating of 74%, economists with 65% and EU leaders with 58%.
As we move further down the list, 54% trust both ordinary people on the streets and priests/clergymen. 47% believe in government ministers who have jumped 20 places in the rankings. 45% have faith in charity chief executives, while 42% trust journalists.
At the bottom, politicians are on 32% (still up 10 places on last year), advertising executives are in second last with a rating of 17% and, finally, social media influencers are the least trusted by the Irish public with only 8%.
Here is just some of Twitter's reaction to the poll.
A shoutout to all the fabulous nurses we have in the HSE, in GP practices and other settings ??the profession people trust the most ? https://t.co/JM62LLow42
— Julie Reidy ? (@hedgehogtweets) June 10, 2020
This is true I’ve never trusted ordinary person in the street.
— Joey (@joeyetc) June 10, 2020
Me as a journalist ?
Me as a news reader ? https://t.co/t3f4mydqqD
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) June 9, 2020
Why do you hate me? https://t.co/kWDDb3JJvV
— Michelle Hennessy (@michellehtweet) June 9, 2020
Hey #pharmacists, we're the second most trusted profession out there! Well done to all the hardworking pharmacists who've earned the trust of the public through dedication and service to their communities #ThinkPharmacy #CommunityPharmacy #ProudPharmacist https://t.co/bWpOIRKWjB
— ?arragh ?'?oughlin (@Darragh_OL) June 9, 2020
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