In this article in a local newspaper the following confidence or ‘respect rankings’ based on the opinions New Zealand public were published, each position arrived at by their ranking determined out of a possible 10 points. It was constructed following a poll of 750 (supposedly random) people surveyed by telephone. Would you agree? And if you do, would you allocate the named groups (basically) the same numerical ranking number? (I ask this because I feel that one or two at the lower end of the list have rather too many ranking points than I would give them!! I understand, of course, that the ranking number is the survey result rather than a number given by those responding- that is, I may have given a number lower than that shown, but another respondee would have modified that number by allocating a higher one.)
DAIRY FARMERS 6.8
PUBLIC SERVANTS 6.2
BUSINESS LEADERS 5.9
INVESTMENT BANKERS 4.2
REAL ESTATE AGENTS 4.1
It is a bit scary, though, that those holding the most lowly positions on this list are ALL involved in activities that others rely on for security and material comfort, and who have to be trusted by those relying on them, but who are clearly not trusted! We mistrust those who we believe are feathering their own nests at the expense of us who are just trying to make our own nests a wee bit more comfortable.
(I seem to remember a story that goes something like- ‘if a lawyer and a politician fall in the sea, which would drown first?…answer- who cares?’ Maybe it needs to be reviewed before being retold?)