May 3, 2008 / 11:40 AM / 10 years ago

Journalists and politicians lose respect in Canada

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Journalists, lawyers and politicians are at the bottom of the professional pack in terms of respect they get from Canadians, and it’s only getting worse.

All three lost serious ground in the last 14 years, according to an online survey by Angus Reid.

Only 25 percent Canadians polled had a great deal or fair amount of respect for politicians, down from 37 percent in 1994. Lawyers slipped to 44 percent from 57 percent.

Journalists had been held in high regard by nearly three out of four Canadians -- 73 percent -- but now only 49 percent think well of them, the pollsters said.

Doctors, police officers, teachers, judges and clergy -- in that order -- topped the popularity contest. Only doctors saw their respect rise, to 94 percent from 91 percent.

Reporting by Randall Palmer; editing by Rob Wilson

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