Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Trust me, I'm a lawyer
This morning I came across a recent US Gallup poll, in which members of the public were asked to rate various professions for their honesty and ethics. It will not have made good reading for the American Bar Association, with a full 37% of respondents rating lawyers "low" or "very low":
This is even worse than the survey commissioned by the Legal Services Consumer Panel in this country last year, which found that only 47% of people in England and Wales trust lawyers to tell the truth. For a profession that is supposed to be based upon ethics and truth, the Gallup poll is not good news, and I suspect that it is indicative of a general downward trend in the public's respect for lawyers, at least in the western world.
Still, it could be worse - we could be politicians.