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Just 36% of people trust TDs to tell truth, survey finds

Only 36% of people trust TDs to tell the truth, according to new research by the Medical Council (Brian Lawless/PA)
Only 36% of people trust TDs to tell the truth, according to new research by the Medical Council (Brian Lawless/PA) Only 36% of people trust TDs to tell the truth, according to new research by the Medical Council (Brian Lawless/PA)

Teachers are the professionals most Irish people trust to tell the truth, according to new research, which found just 36% believe TDs are honest.

A nationally representative survey carried out by B&A for the Medical Council found 91% of those questioned trust teachers.

Respondents were asked if they trust a range of professions to “tell the truth”.

A total of 89% said they trust doctors, down from 93% in 2020.

Just 36% said they trust TDs, although this is up slightly from 35% in 2020.

Journalists and the media saw a fall in trust from 50% to 43%, while belief in the honesty of gardai rose from 69% to 76%.

Just over half of adults polled said they trust “business leaders” to tell the truth, while the results for civil servants and trade union officials stood at 74% and 67% respectively.

In the legal profession, 81% of people trust judges to tell the truth and three-quarters have that belief about solicitors and barristers.

The margin of error on the sample of 1,005 adults over the age of 16 is plus/minus 2.8% at a confidence level of 95%.