Builders and Plumbers More Likely to Tell the Truth Than Politicians
LONDON, October 15, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ Politicians are mistrusted
by 97% of Brits and the only professions people trust less are car sales
representatives and estate agents. We are twice as likely to trust a builder
or plumber to give us an honest opinion over our local MP, according to the
findings of a major impartiality study released today, by impartial price
comparison service, PriceRunner.com.
Ashley Cole is revealed as one of the least trusted celebrities, with 99%
of Brits expressing their lack of confidence in the disgraced Chelsea
footballer. On the other hand, Cheryl Cole's judging counterpart, brutally
frank Simon Cowell is believed to tell the truth by a quarter of Brits.
Troubled singer, Amy Winehouse, was not far behind Cole in the
reliability stakes, with only 3% convinced that she tells the truth. Brits
are actually more likely to trust high-profile entrepreneurs such as Virgin
boss Richard Branson and The Apprentice front-man Sir Alan Sugar than Prime
Minister Gordon Brown and Conservative party leader David Cameron.
Who do we trust?
PriceRunner.com's study showed that Doctors are the most trusted
professions and it is not just kids who respect their teachers, over half of
UK adults named teaching as the most trustworthy profession.
But, it's not just people's professions that shape our perception of
trust. Northerners are considered to be the most trustworthy, according to
one in five Brits, followed by Southerners and the Scottish, each accounting
for 8% of those surveyed. The Irish narrowly beat the Welsh by 2% to be named
as the region that instils the most confidence.
Whilst the majority of people surveyed believe that trust crosses age
groups, there is some favouritism towards the over 64s, whilst 18-24 year
olds represent the age group we have the least faith in. Similarly, six out
of ten people surveyed believe that there is no difference in gender when it
comes to trust. However, 20% believe that women are more trustworthy compared
to only 7% for men. Interestingly, women are less trusting of men than vice
You can depend on...
Famed for calling a spade a spade, you can always rely on a northerner to
tell it how it is, especially a good mannered, well turned out, retired lady.
Ideally, she'll be an ex teacher or, even better, a former doctor or dentist!
And, if that doesn't convince you, her warm smile will!
Watch out for...
A cheeky Irish fella, aged 18-24, working as a car salesman or estate
agent. And, don't be fooled by those twinkling Irish eyes and good looks! He
could try wearing a wedding ring or cleaning his shoes to improve his image.
Mind your Ps and Qs
The survey revealed that manners really do make the man... and woman for
that matter! Good manners top the list of attributes most likely to be
associated with trustworthiness, with 56% of Brits naming this as a quality
that would give them confidence. So, after remembering those important little
words, "please" and "thank you", being well dressed, cited by over one in
four of respondents, and having a nice smile, cited by 23%, are also good
indications of trust.
However, the belief that traits such as being attractive or having large
eyes are beneficial is negligible. Only a very small percentage of those
surveyed believe that these qualities are a true indication of
trustworthiness. In fact, 7% of people surveyed are more likely to trust
someone wearing a wedding ring, 11% believe that clean shoes make a
difference and a fifth respond best to people with a nice voice.
Commenting on the findings of the impartiality study, Mattias Berg,
Managing Director of PriceRunner.com, said: "It's clear that we all have a
different perception of trust and what to look out for in order to identify
the truth. We should therefore be careful about where we gather information
and how our opinions are formed. This is particularly true in the online
He continued: "Addressing this, we created our pledge for the impartial
price comparison truth* to offer our users certainty about the pricing
information they get from us. Unlike other price comparison sites, we always
ensure that we list the cheapest price first and include pricing information
from all retailers, regardless of any advertising arrangements."
Notes for editors
*OUR PLEDGE FOR THE IMPARTIAL PRICE COMPARISON TRUTH
At PriceRunner.com.co.uk, we believe that all price comparison sites should
offer impartial pricing information.
We feel so strongly about it, that we're pledging a series of guarantees
about our company, signed by our UK Managing Director.
We will always list the cheapest price first, regardless of any
commercial relationships with retailers
Other price comparison sites get paid to show the consumer certain prices
first, but with PriceRunner.com, the first price is always the lowest price
We will be impartial and honest, showing the best products and prices
At PriceRunner.com we actively search for and list non-paying retailers to
give you a comprehensive and impartial view of all the prices available for a
If you find the product you wish to buy cheaper anywhere else, email us
at cheapestprice@PriceRunner.com and we'll review the retailer and its
offering, and if they meet our criteria we will make our best efforts to list
it within two working days.
We will genuinely check millions of prices and update them constantly to
provide the lowest price available
PriceRunner.com's technology scans thousands of websites across the internet
daily to find a price match to products held within our database. To
complement this process we also have a team of over 70 full-time
'PriceRunner.coms' that manually add any prices and/or products that fall out of
our automated matching process.
We also have a team of people in the UK, France, Sweden, Germany and the
US that manually add retailers to our database that our spider does not pick
up automatically, based on their local market knowledge
We expect the very best from our third party category partners (*)
There are some categories on our site where we partner with trusted
companies to provide us with price comparison information. We do this for
utilities and insurance, for example. Today, we strive to work with the most
consumer friendly partners in the UK market.
Beyond that, our intention is to have all our partners commit to provide
their listing information on PriceRunner.com in accordance with our unique
pledge within 12 months time.
We will never rest in our quest to bring you The Price Comparison Truth
At PriceRunner.com, we are determined to save consumers money by giving the
whole truth. That means not only providing the lowest prices we can find, but
consumer reviews, detailed buying guides, the PriceRunner.com Forum (where our
users can discuss the latest deals and retailers) and PriceRunner.com Mobile -
all the power of PriceRunner.com on the go.
That is why only PriceRunner.com can really bring you The Price Comparison
.........And PriceRunner.com will also seek the lowest prices online with
information from high street stores
PriceRunner.com employs a team of 'PriceRunner.coms' in the UK to check prices in
selected high street stores as a reference to our pricing information. We
focus on large and well-known retailers, and the data is collected and
presented on PriceRunner.com on a weekly basis.
UK Managing Director
Profession Percentage of
Brits that trust
1 Doctor/Dentist 69%
2 Teacher 53%
3 Police Officer 52%
4 Lawyer 22%
5 Builder/Plumber 4%
6 Politician 3%
7 Car Sales Representative 2%
8 Estate Agent 2%
Please note that these figures do not total 100 as those surveyed were
asked to tick all that apply
Attributes associated with trust
1 Good manners 56%
2 Well dressed 27%
3 Nice smile 23%
4 Nice voice 18%
5 Clean shoes 11%
6 Wedding ring 7%
7 Attractive 4%
8 Large eyes 4%
Please note that these figures do not total 100 as those surveyed were
asked to tick three attributes that apply
About the impartiality survey:
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample
size was 2,073 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken in 2008. The survey was
carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of
all GB adults (aged 18+).
www.PriceRunner.com, a division of ValueClick, Inc. (Nasdaq: VCLK), is
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manages cutting edge technology which hunts down the cheapest online prices
available. PriceRunner.com is unique in that, unlike other price comparison
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stores. PriceRunner.com always lists the cheapest price first and is completely
independent in that it lists all retailers, regardless whether they pay or
not, to provide consumers with a complete overview of the market.
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