Voters more concerned about straight answers than crooked expenses…

Here’s one I missed from last week… Research from Royal Holloway College, University of London have discovered that the public in Britain at least are more concerned with politicians giving them a straight answer than the expenses row… Lots of good stuff to chew over… But these stats seem to me to be worth noting:

Table 2: Perceptions of the honesty and trustworthiness of different elite groups

Category Mean score (on a scale of 0–10)

* Government ministers 3.1
* Journalists 3.1
* MPs in general 3.3
* Local councillors 3.8
* Your local MP 4.4
* Judges 5.9

The closer a politician is to you personally the more you trust him/her. Even if you distrust politicians in generality. More good stuff here.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty