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Trust in Professions

Published:3 December 2013
Fieldwork:1993 - onwards
Sub-Theme:Trust in Professions
Keywords:Education, Legal system, Police, Politicians, Trust, Truthfulness
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Q Now I will read out a list of different types of people. For each, would you tell me whether you generally trust them to tell the truth or not?

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Veracity index - trends (pdf)

  Doc Tea Prf Jud Cle Sci TV Plc Ord Pls Civ TU Bus Gov Jou Plt
  % % % % % % % % % % % % % % % %
Tell the truth
1983 82 79 n/a 77 85 n/a 63 61 57 n/a 25 18 25 16 19 18
1993 84 84 70 68 80 n/a 72 63 64 52 37 32 32 11 10 14
1997 86 83 70 72 71 63 74 61 56 55 36 27 29 12 15 15
1999 91 89 79 77 80 63 74 61 60 49 47 39 28 23 15 23
2000 87 85 76 77 78 63 73 60 52 46 47 38 28 21 15 20
2001 89 86 78 78 78 65 75 63 52 46 43 39 27 20 18 17
2002 91 85 77 77 80 64 71 59 54 47 45 37 25 20 13 19
2003 91 87 74 72 71 65 66 64 53 46 46 33 28 20 18 18
2004 92 89 80 75 75 69 70 63 55 49 51 39 30 23 20 22
2005 91 88 77 76 73 70 63 58 56 50 44 37 24 20 16 20
2006 92 88 80 75 75 72 66 61 56 51 48 41 31 22 19 20
2007 90 86 78 78 73 65 61 59 52 45 44 38 26 22 18 18
2008 92 87 79 78 74 72 66 65 60 48 48 45 30 24 19 21
2009 92
88
80
80
71
70
63
60
54
45
44
38
25
16
22
13
2011 88
81
74
72
68
71
62
63
55
39
47
34
29
17
19
14
2013* 89  86  n/a  82  66  83  69  65  64  50  53  41  34  n/a  21  18 
Not tell the truth
1983 14 14 n/a 18 11 n/a 25 32 27 n/a 63 71 65 74 73 75
1993 11 9 12 21 13 n/a 18 26 21 28 50 54 57 81 84 79
1997 10 11 12 19 20 22 14 30 28 28 50 56 60 80 76 78
1999 7 7 10 16 14 27 17 31 28 35 41 47 60 70 79 72
2000 9 10 11 15 16 25 18 33 34 35 40 47 60 72 78 74
2001 7 10 10 15 15 22 17 27 34 34 45 46 61 73 75 77
2002 6 10 11 15 14 23 19 31 31 35 42 49 62 72 79 73
2003 6 8 11 19 20 22 24 26 32 34 41 53 60 73 75 75
2004 5 7 9 16 17 19 20 28 29 30 37 44 58 70 72 71
2005 6 8 10 16 18 18 25 32 31 31 43 46 63 71 77 73
2006 5 7 8 16 17 16 21 29 29 29 37 42 56 70 72 72
2007 6 9 10 14 17 22 27 31 33 32 43 45 62 71 75 76
2008 6 8 9 14 17 16 24 27 27 32 39 40 59 74 70 73
2009 5 8
9
13
19
20
27
31
33
38
43
49
66
79
72
82
2011 8
12
13
17
20
 17 26
27
25
37
34
46
55
74
70
80
2013* 11  n/a   13 27   11 24   28  26 34   38 47  57   n/a  72 77 
Don't know
1983 4 7 n/a 5 4 n/a 12 7 16 n/a 12 11 10 10 8 7
1993 5 7 18 11 7 n/a 10 11 15 20 13 86 11 8 6 7
1997 4 6 18 9 9 15 12 9 16 17 14 17 11 8 9 7
1999 2 4 11 4 6 10 9 7 11 16 12 13 12 7 6 5
2000 4 5 13 8 6 12 10 8 14 19 14 15 12 7 6 6
2001 3 5 12 7 7 13 8 10 14 19 12 15 13 7 8 5
2002 2 5 11 8 5 13 11 10 15 17 14 14 13 8 8 8
2003 2 5 15 9 9 13 10 9 15 20 13 13 12 7 7 7
2004 3 5 11 8 8 12 10 10 17 21 13 17 13 8 8 7
2005 4 4 13 8 9 12 12 10 14 19 13 16 13 9 8 7
2006 3 5 12 10 9 13 13 10 15 21 15 17 14 8 9 8
2007 4 5 12 8 10 13 12 10 15 22 13 17 11 8 7 6
2008 2 5 12 8 8 12 10 8 13 19 12 15 11 6 6 6
2009 3
4
11
8 10
10
 9 9 13
17
12
12
10
5
7
5
2011 4
7
13
12
12
13
12
10
20
24
19
20
16
9
11
6
2013*  n/a  5  7  7  10  16  9 13  n/a   7

Base: c.2,000 British adults aged 15+ each year (for 2005, UK data are also available) interviewed face-to-face

*In 2013, data is based on telephone interviews with a representative sample of 1,018 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain

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