The Ted Rogers School of Management. (Courtesy Maris Luksis  / Creative Commons)

The Ted Rogers School of Management. (Courtesy Maris Luksis / Creative Commons)

A national study led by the Ted Rogers School of Management states Canadians rate politicians as among the most mistrusted professionals.

The survey, by Professors Chris MacDonald and Hershell Ezrin, was conducted for the Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Program by the Gandalf Group.

About 1,000 adults across Canada and 400 residents living in the GTA were surveyed using an online panel between Oct. 17 and Oct. 22.

They were asked numerous questions about their perception of the ethical behaviors of politicians.

The study also found that twice as many Canadians don’t trust politicians as compared to CEO’s,  and three times as many mistrust them compared to journalists.

Almost a third of Canadians think politicians frequently accept bribes and nearly 40 per cent believe public money is used for personal gain.

Also, the study found 80 per cent of respondents can’t trust a politician professionally if they are dishonest in their personal life.

An official survey of the findings will be released in the coming months.

More to come.

Natalie is a fourth-year student in Ryerson University's School of Journalism in the undergraduate program. She has interest in photo and videography and she finished her internship at the Hamilton Spectator.