Firefighters are most trusted professionals

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The Swiss trust firefighters more than any other profession, according to an international poll released on Friday. Politicians were the least trusted professionals both in Switzerland and worldwide.

This content was published on May 2, 2014 - 13:08 and agencies

Firefighters topped the poll in 15 of 25 countries surveyed by the organization GfK. In Switzerland 96% of respondents found them trustworthy while politicians came out bottom with 21%.

The poll looked at 30 professions common in all 25 countries and included responses from 28,659 people overall.

In Switzerland, where 1,017  people were surveyed, paramedics and nurses were rated a close second (both 95%), with pilots, tram chauffeurs and pharmacists being rated trustworthy by more than 90% of Swiss surveyed.

Around half of Swiss respondees found professional athletes (52%), bankers (51%), advertising professionals (49%) and insurance agents (49%) dependable.

Overall, Swiss had basic trust in 71% of the professions.  

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