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Canada's Most And Least Respected Professions: Sorry, Politicians And Car Salespeople

06/15/2017 01:49 EDT

It appears the stereotype of the slick politician and greasy car salesman are holding true in the minds of Canadians.

In a new poll from Insights West, Canucks were asked to share how much they respect certain professions.

Politicians ranked the very lowest, with only six per cent of survey respondents ranking them as "very positive" and 18 per cent viewing them as "somewhat positive."

Car salespeople came in as the second-lowest ranked profession, with only 28 per cent viewing them in a somewhat-to-very favourable light.

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Canadians have a slightly more positive view of car salespeople than they do of politicians. (Photo: Getty Images/Gettystock)

Also low on the list of positive ratings? Pollsters (34 per cent), business executives (47 per cent), and bankers, realtors, and lawyers (all 50 per cent.)

Unsurprisingly, and for the second year in a row, nurses were voted as the most respected professionals in the country, with a 96 per cent positive rating overall.

More than four-in-five Canadians also outlined positive views on doctors, scientists, farmers and veterinarians, and more than two-thirds of Canadians said they hold police officers, auto mechanics, psychiatrists and judges in high regard.

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A look at some of the most highly regarded professions in Canada, according to Insights West. (Photo: Insights West)

Across the board, men appeared to more skeptical of all professions, consistently ranking each profession less positively than female respondents.

Perhaps the most telling of the numbers, however, are the regional variances.

Albertans are more likely to have a negative opinion of pollsters (54 per cent, compared to 48 per cent across Canada — hello, provincial election poll numbers.) And British Columbians are more likely to hold negative views on realtors (54 per cent, compared to the Canadian average of 45 per cent — given the insane real estate market, can you blame them?)

Results are based on an online study conducted from May 26 to June 2 among a representative sample of 1,257 Canadian adults. The margin of error is +/- 2.8 percentage points.

Click through the slideshow below to check out the Top 10 most and least respected jobs in Canada:

Canada's Most And Least Respected Professions 2017

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