The results of the survey show that only one in ten people consider scientists as untrustworthy which is extremely low compared to the fact that six in ten of the global public regard them as trustworthy.
Doctors follow as the second trustworthy profession (56% trustworthy) while teachers (52%) come in third.
Commenting on the poll, Ben Page, CEO of Ipsos MORI, says: “It has been said that we no longer trust experts. This study shows that in fact, scientists are held in high esteem all over the world. Many professions have high levels of trust. As our new report, Trust: the truth shows, trust is not in a new acute crisis.”
The least trusted group in all countries polled comes as no surprise to anyone as the votes put politicians at the end of the list.
Here are the five most and least trusted professions around the world:
- Scientists — 60 per cent
- Doctors — 56 per cent
- Teachers — 52 per cent
- Government ministers — 12 per cent
- Politicians generally — 9 per cent
Meanwhile, a Nigerian scientist named Mansurah Abdulazeez is developing an innovative cancer cure from plants.