Research NZ – low confidence and trust in politicians

Members of Parliament and local council members are the least trusted of a range of professions and groups, and journalists are virtually the same.

Research NZ asked the general public to rate their level of trust and confidence in parliamentary representatives compared to some other professions.

  • Fire Service 89%
  • Ambulance Service 81%
  • Doctors and nurses 81%
  • Police 69%
  • School teachers 65%
  • Lawyers 43%
  • Government workers 35%
  • Journalists 23%
  • Local council members 22%
  • Members of Parliament 22%

Respondents were considered to have trust and confidence if they rated it between 7-10 on a 0-10 scale.

With elected representatives and those who are supposed to hold politicians to account grouped a distant last this doesn’t look good for our democracy.

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  1. David

     /  4th August 2020

    The answers to these surveys reflect more about what you feel about your ability to cope in a fearful situation and who you would most like to come to your rescue.

    • A lot of people seem to think that Jacinda has come to their rescue – of course excluding those who cannot see any good in her because she is on the wrong side of politics for them.

  2. Blazer

     /  4th August 2020

    Nationals relentless, dirty politics and using the Police and the S.I.S for their own agendas has rocked peoples confidence in politicians.

    Another legacy ,unfortunately.

  3. Harry

     /  6th August 2020

    Is anyone surprised by this poll? Politicians have been proving themselves untrustworthy forever.


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