A new poll published by industry journal PR Week recently revealed that we have comically low levels of trust in public institutions, with Pollsters (people who conduct or analyse polls) having the lowest trust ratings of all, at just 2.25%.
The survey also found that statements made by civil servants (such as politicians) are far less trusted than those of people in the professions, such as medicine and teaching.
Considering that the professions have been demonised increasingly over the years by politicians and the media — especially when taking strike action such as the Junior Doctors — the findings are a cause to be optimistic.
People aren’t buying the lies and propaganda of the government, they trust the professionals far more than they do the state propaganda system.
The survey carried out by Atomik Research (an online market research company) on behalf of PR Week, asked a cross-section of 2,000 people to choose from a list of public sector professions — asking them whose statements they trusted the most if they saw them quoted in the mainstream media — the results are highly telling….
The public trusts statements made by Pollsters the least, gaining a rating of just 2.25% — basically meaning that absolutely nobody trusts Pollsters anymore.
This is not surprising given the election of Trump as US President — in which Pollsters endlessly claimed that Clinton had a 98% chance of winning.
Mixed with other polling disasters such as Brexit (to be fair the polls were always close for that, but the mainstream media quickly forgot that part, preferring instead to blame incorrect polling.) And our 2015 general election, which the polls indicated would be much closer than it actually was.
This also raises the question: how much do people trust the polling taken about Corbyn?
Somebody who are told by “expert” left-wing pundits like Owen Jones — is chronically unelectable according to polling, and that a snap general election would certainly lead to a victory by Theresa May (given that supposed certainty, why don’t the Tories call a snap election? Has anybody else ever wondered that?)
Trust ratings for statements made by government figures, bodies, institutions, etc also show incredibly poor ratings — none of them managing above 10%.
Polling consistently shows a widespread distrust of government — the results here are not surprising, however, the incredibly low trust ratings of Pollsters actually does seem somewhat surprising, given the claims of the Pollsters that they are “scientific”, etc. Apparently then, nobody is buying their scientific methods these days (with good reason in my opinion.)
The survey says that statements made by Doctors in the mainstream media are the most trusted.
With teachers coming second place.
The police came third with a trust rating of 29%.
The survey also revealed — as has been shown consistently — that the public has little faith in the way that the government is handling Brexit. Further to this, they found that the public has almost no awareness of the “Department for Exiting the European Union”.
The survey also holds some (slightly) surprising findings — with young people having more trust in statements made by the government than older people. Although, it is still worth remembering that even 14% is a pretty low number.
The survey also reveals that (much to my surprise given the Iraq War fiasco) the public has a comparatively high level of trust in the MOD.
Just as surprising (given the banking collapse) is the public’s trust level in the treasury — less surprisingly, the public’s level of trust in the Department of Health.
The survey highlights the communication methods used by the government that people trust the most.
The sad fact is, that for some reason — one I won’t really ever understand — people still think that television is some form of authority and therefore trust messages from politicians more when delivered through this medium.
The survey, therefore reveals dismal findings of our levels of trust in government and public institutions.
They show overwhelmingly that Pollsters lost their credibility with the general population along time ago — perhaps then the commentariat and political pundits ought to re-think their relentless reliance on field polling as some sort of crystal ball — the public doesn’t trust them or their predictions.
The PR industry often conducts these polls with a view to learning about how they can better manipulate our opinions — so as a likely consequence of this, they could use more professionals such as Doctors to tell us — perhaps subtly — why the NHS should, for instance, introduce a special tax to fund it — given the ongoing funding “crisis”.
Meaning that people become more perceptive to the message as it is delivered by someone in a profession they trust (as opposed to the government who are clearly trying to privatise it.)
In a way this is not that dissimilar to the use of Doctors to sell cigarettes to people in the 1950’s — the PR industry, alongside evil twin the advertising industry, really are the most loathsome “professions” in the world.
None the less, though, the polling results are interesting showing that we no longer have any faith or trust in government — the less faith and trust people have in government the better in my opinion because the closer they come to working out that we can things for the better in the future.
Rather than relying on the government to tell them what to think it seems that people are actually waking up and starting to at least withdraw trust from these institutions — good.
That’s the first step to challenging the government for yourself, and thinking about the world for yourself — if everybody started to do that then perhaps we could actually change things for the better around here.
The endless lies of the state have become increasingly transparent over the years, now it seems absolutely nobody believes a word they say — rightly so. Instead, prefering the voices of the professionals who help to run the country.
The working class, however, as usual, have no voice, and so one cannot even ask the question in polling as to whether or not their opinion is trusted — says a lot really, doesn’t it?
The most interesting question these results pose though is: if only 2.25% of those being polled trust the polls, then does that mean that only 2.25% of those polled trust the results of the poll they just took?
We live in a strange day and age in which no one seems to trust much of anything (rightly so in my opinion).
Luckily, however, Theresa May has just announced her plan to establish a Ministry of Truth to try and correct any possible confusion…