On the popularity of religious leaders

Editorial by Jonathan Clatworthy
from Signs of the Times No. 19 - Oct 2005

According to a recent opinion poll, religious leaders are comparatively popular.

On behalf of the BBC World Service, Gallup interviewed over 50,000 people in 68 countries, asking them who they trusted out of a list of types of people. Politicians were trusted by 13%, business leaders by 19%, journalists by 26%, military/police leaders also by 26%, and top of the list came religious leaders at 33%. When asked which types of people should be given more power, 35% favoured intellectuals, followed by religious leaders at 25%. Hardly surprisingly, the percentages vary widely from one country to another.

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