Most trusted politicians

Readers Digest have released their list of New Zealand’s Most Trusted People 2013

It’s hard to know how people come up with the rankings. It’s dominated by sportspeople, and many are hardly known outside their sporting achievements (and some in advertising). Peter Snell is at 7 on the list and has not lived in New Zealand for decades and is hardly heard of apart from his atheletics fame from the 1960s.

As usual politicians are ranked low. Here is the political rankings (with a couple of others).

44. Garth McVicar, Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesperson
51. Maggie Barry, TV personality and MP
53. Tim Shadbolt, Mayor of Invercargill
56. Bob Parker, Mayor of Christchurch
57. Helen Clark, former Prime Minister
66. Tony Kokshoorn, Mayor of Grey District
78. Lockwood Smith, High Commissioner of NZ to UK
80. John Key, Prime Minister
83. Russel Norman, Green Party co-leader
87. David Shearer, Labour Party leader
88. Len Brown, Mayor of Auckland
89. Metiria Turei, Green Party co-leader
90. Pita Sharples, Minister of Maori Affairs
92. Matt McCarten, trade unionist, politician
93. Tariana Turia, Maori Party co-leader
95. Gerry Brownlee, Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
96. Michael Laws, former Mayor of Wanganui
97. Winston Peters, New Zealand First leader
98. Kim Dotcom, internet entrepreneur
99. John Banks, politician, former Mayor of Auckland
100. Hone Harawira, Mana Party leader

And politicians are ranked low on the New Zealand’s Most Trusted Professions 2013 list too:

41. Call centre staff
42. Airport baggage handlers
43. Journalists
44. Real estate agents
45. Insurance salespeople
46. Politicians
47. Sex workers
48. Car salespeople
49. Door-to-door salespeople
50. Telemarketers

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  1. Brown

     /  20th June 2013

    I remain amazed that people would put a politician anywhere near a most trusted list. I suspect there is a relationship between fame, popularity and ratings so its a bit fickle. Most people wouldn’t know anything about those they are rating and that’s why we are so poorly governed.

  2. to tackle the Dark Side of the Force is always popular if the media get it right – saucy, sensational and downright antagonistic – -like blood sports.


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