07 December 2010

Who Do You Trust?

Harris Poll:
The industries that are trusted by the most people are supermarkets (29%), hospitals (29%), banks (20%) and electric and gas utilities (19%). 
The industries that are trusted by the fewest people are tobacco (2%), oil (4%), telecommunications (7%), and managed care companies (7%)

Funny thing about trusting banks more than tobacco companies. Tobacco companies are quite explicit about the product that they're selling; by contrast, banks are a little more opaque (have you tried making sense of your credit card contract?). You can trust tobacco companies to sell you a product that is bad for you; you can never be sure with banks and their loans.

Poor Americans. We don't trust our big institutions - from government to corporations - and yet we can't live without them. 

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