Doctors, teachers top confidence rating in Russia; policemen, politicians are at bottom

The confidence rating of businessmen, policemen and politicians is the lowest in Russia, and feelings are mixed about journalists, the Russian Public Opinion Study Center told Interfax on Monday.

Scientists (66 percent) and teachers (63 percent) topped the confidence rating. Nevertheless, their rating is 5 percent down since the previous poll in 2010.

Fifty-seven percent of the respondents trust servicemen, 54 percent - doctors and 50 percent - clerics, although trust in clerics dipped by 15 percent in the past two years.

Only 23 percent have trust in public officers, and 52 percent have not. Half of the respondents mistrust businessmen, and 52 percent feel cautious about the police. Politicians have the worst rating: 53 percent of the respondents doubt their respectability and only 20 percent trust them.

The society is divided over trust in journalists: 37 percent of Russians believe what journalists say and 32 percent do not.

The center polled 1,600 people in 138 towns and villages in 46 regions.

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