Distrust – The overwhelming feeling that another individual will rob you of everything but your eyeballs if you turn your back on him.
While it is unrealistic and inequitable to judge a person solely by his occupation, some jobs have been stigmatized by the actions of their worst practitioners. In occupations like car salesman, the economic temptation to distort or dispense with hard truths is enormous. Similar forces come to bear on our elected officials from lobbyists, co-opting opponents and vocally gifted constituents.
Below are the odds that various professionals will be trusted “in high faith” by the average person.
Car Salesman 1 in 100
Advertising Practitioners 1 in 100
State Officeholders 1 in 100
Insurance Salesmen 1 in 50
Stockbrokers 1 in 50
Business Executives 1 in 50
Congressman 1 in 50
Local Politician 1 in 50
Union Leaders 1 in 33
Real Estate Agents 1 in 33
Source: The Gallup Report, #279. 1988