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Two in three Britons say they generally trust the police to tell the truth

No change in police trustworthiness ratings since February 2013

Published:14 March 2014
Fieldwork:8 - 12 March 2014
Keywords:Crime, Police, Trust, Trust in experts, Veracity Index
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New research from Ipsos MORI shows that two in three (65%) Britons say they would generally trust the police to tell the truth, while 31% do not trust them to tell the truth.

Trust is higher among the young than the old (73% of 18-34s say they trust them to tell the truth, compared to 59% of those aged 55+), a pattern seen in previous years, and by women more than men (by 68% to 62%).

Ipsos MORI: Trust in the Police 

Trust in the police has not changed significantly since Ipsos MORI last asked the question in February 2013, when 65% said they trusted the police to tell the truth, and 28% did not. Fieldwork was carried out from 8th-12th March 2014, after the announcement of a public inquiry into the role of undercover policing prompted by the review into the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

In previous years, Ipsos MORI’s veracity index has shown the police ranking above professions such as bankers, journalists, and politicians, but less trusted than doctors, teachers, scientists and judges.

Technical Note:
Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative sample of 1,000 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain. Interviews were conducted by telephone 8th-12th March 2014. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.

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