Farmers, Doctors and Teachers – Canada thinks you’re doing it right!
Car Salespeople and Politicians – Canada isn’t mad at you, we are just disappointed…
More than nine in 10 Canadians admire firefighters (92 per cent) and nurses (91 per cent) according to the annual Insights West survey
Rounding out the list of jobs Canadians see most positively were farmers (88 per cent), doctors (87 per cent), teachers (86 per cent), scientists (84 per cent) engineers and veterinarians (82 per cent) and architects (81 per cent).
“There’s an interaction there that is mostly positive,” said pollster Mario Canseco. “Especially when you’re dealing with nurses and doctors. There’s [also] a lot of respect for other professions you don’t deal with every day, architects did very well, engineers did very well. You can argue we deal with what they create every day.”
For the third year running, the survey found politicians (22 per cent) and car salespeople (26 per cent) to be the least respected jobs in Canada.
Canseco said that may be a factor of dealing in trust.
“Ultimately what we see there is where you’re going to be keeping promises. Politicians need to keep promises, car sales people, you know, there might be a situation where you weren’t particularly happy with the services you got,” he said.
Other poor performers in the poll were pollsters (42 per cent), business executives and realtors (47 per cent) and laywers (48 per cent).
The group that saw the biggest growth in respect was journalists, according to the survey. Journalists were viewed positively by just 58 per cent of respondents in 2016, and 62 per cent in 2017.
Canseco said they scored 70 per cent approval in the 2018 poll, a factor he attributes to the changing climate around media.