Monday, March 20, 2006

Judges Get High Marks in Trusted Professions Survey

According to a recent Léger Marketing telephone survey of 1,500 Canadians, the reputation of judges improved significantly last year, while that of politicians continued its seemingly unstoppable nosedive.

78% of respondents said they trusted judges, up 6 points from last year, thus earning the Canadian judiciary the 8th spot of the 22 occupations included in the survey. The most trusted profession in Canada: firefighters, admired by 96% of the population.

The least trusted group in society, politicians, attracted only 14% support Canada-wide, with a regional low of 10% of Quebecers finding politicians trustworthy.

Many commentators attribute the rise in trust of judges to the huge popularity of Justice John Gomery, the man who led the judicial inquiry into the federal sponsorship scandal, and to the educational impact of the media attention devoted to the recent appointment of Marshall Rothstein to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Results are considered accurate within plus or minus 2.6 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

More from the Canadian Press wire service.

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