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The Most Trusted Professions In Australia And Across The World

Close to 20,000 adults across 22 countries were asked which profession they trusted the most. The results are in and they may surprise you.

If you ask an Aussie which profession is the most trustworthy, they will likely respond with doctors, according to a new Ipsos poll. You'll get a similar response in Belgium, Canada, France, Great Britain, South Africa, Spain and Sweden.

However, if you gather opinions from right around the world, scientists come out on top.

Six in ten of the global public rate scientists as trustworthy, while just 10 percent see them in the opposite light, the Ipsos Global Trust in Professions survey suggests.

It appears there is a collective opinion on politicians and government ministers  -- the two professions were rated the most untrustworthy in every single country polled.

Scientists appear to be the most trustworthy. Photo: Getty

Trust in Australia.

While doctors are the most trusty profession down under (69 percent), four other groups of professionals aren't far behind.

According to the survey, scientists come in a close second (62 percent) followed by teachers (60 percent), armed forces (58 percent) and the police (56 percent).

On the other end of the spectrum, politicians (64 perccent) and government ministers (55 percent) are slightly ahead of advertising executives (55 percent), bankers (52 percent) and clergy priests (42 percent) as most untrustworthy.

Also low on the list are journalists, lawyers and business leaders.

Photo: Ipsos

The results were almost replicated around the world, with a couple of changes here and there. 

For example, teachers are the most trusted in Brazil and America, while trust in police is scattered, from the most trusted in China (80 percent) to the least in Mexico (11 percent).

Australia however, is one of just nine countries that had a positive score on the Global Trustworthiness Index -- that is more professions are considered trustworthy than untrustworthy.

China scores highest on the Index, followed by India, with Canada in third.

Teachers faired okay. Photo: Getty

The remaining 13 countries have negative scores, which indicates higher levels of distrust with most professions.

Argentinians, South Koreans and those from Hungary were the most negative and ranked the lowest of the bunch.

“The high levels of trust placed in many professions of crucial importance to our society are encouraging as they indicate that we don’t think society is completely broke," said David Elliott, Director, Ipsos Australia Social Research Institute. "We still have a lot of trust in many important professions, like doctors, teachers, the armed forces and the police."

Photo: AAP.

He conceded there were several concerns that came from the poll results.

"What is more concerning for us as a society are the low levels of trust in politicians, government ministers, bankers, journalists, clergy/priests and business leaders," he said.