As appears to be its annual custom (2008, 2009, 2010) The Reader’s Digest – huh??? – has commissioned a survey of the most and least trusted individuals and professions in NZ. The methodology as reported (“a representative sample of 500 New Zealand adults”) seems to be equivalent to the average political poll, and certainly better than any web-based nonsense. So – for what it’s worth – The Herald sums up:
Finance advisers and Act MPs inspire mistrust
Financial advisers and politicians – especially Act Party members – are regarded as among the least trustworthy people in New Zealand, a survey has found.
Thanks to high-profile financial failures such as Hanover Finance and Bridgecorp, financial planners have fallen into disrepute, coming in at number 32 of 40 on the Reader’s Digest annual survey of the most-trusted professions.
Perennial cellar dwellers telemarketers (40), politicians (39) and sex workers (38) took the bottom three spots, with journalists and tow truck drivers coming in at 35th and 34th places respectively.
Rodney Hide, the Local Government Minister, and his Act Party colleague Sir Roger Douglas are among those least trusted by the nation. …
Of the 85 individuals rated by the survey, the bottom 16 make interesting reading:
70. John Key, Prime Minister
71. Sir Bob Jones, businessman
72. Terry Serepisos, businessman, host of The Apprentice NZ
73. Russel Norman, co-leader, Green Party
74. Eric Watson, entrepreneur
75. Lockwood Smith, politician
76. Phil Goff, Labour Party leader
77. Bill English, Deputy Prime Minister
78. Pita Sharples, co-leader Maori Party
79. Mark Bryers, businessman
80. Winston Peters, leader, New Zealand First
81. Tariana Turia, co-leader, Maori Party
82. John Banks, mayor of Auckland
83. Rodney Hide, leader,ACT Party
84. Sir Roger Douglas,ACT politician
85. Hone Harawira, Maori Party politician
Food for thought…