Poll shows greater public trust in third sector than in MPs

Charities enjoy a far higher level of public trust than politicians, according to a new poll commissioned by the NCVO.

While six out of 10 people said that it was very or quite unlikely that a spokesperson for a political party would be honest during TV interviews, 82 per cent believed that a charity representative would be honest.

Around 40 per cent of those questioned said that they would look to an environmental pressure group or residents' group for help in stopping the building of a waste incinerator in their area.

NCVO chief executive Stuart Etherington said: "The voluntary sector can make a significant contribution to the process of building and sustaining trust and replacing the current disengagement with a new engagement."

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