Sorry Clive Palmer but Aussies don't trust you

Fairfax MP Clive Palmer.
Fairfax MP Clive Palmer. DAN PELED

CLIVE Palmer may have his supporters, but the Sunshine Coast MP has rated poorly in a new poll of Australia's most trusted people.

The mining magnate and resort owner probably didn't expect to rate up with the likes of neurosurgeon Charlie Teo or burns specialist Fiona Wood, but he might have thought his popularity at the polls would translate into a vote of confidence in the community.

But the 10th annual Reader's Digest Australia's Most Trusted People poll has found the Palmer United Party leader, whose team will hold the balance of power in the Senate from July 1, rates behind even Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Mr Palmer (pictured) came in at No.90 in the poll, behind fellow politicians Nick Xenophon (68), Malcolm Turnbull (69), Kevin Rudd (76) Tony Abbott (79), Joe Hockey (77), Bill Shorten and Barnaby Joyce (equal 81st).

Do you trust Clive Palmer?

This poll ended on 20 June 2014.

Current Results

Absolutely not.


Yes I do.


No, but I trust him more than other politicians.


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Also up there were Youth Off The Streets founder Father Chris Riley at No.4, actor Hugh Jackman (No.5) and the Crown Princess of Denmark, Mary Donaldson (No.7).

Sunshine Coast golf product Adam Scott rated at No.27, behind swimmer Libby Trickett (No.18) but ahead of Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke at No.37.

In the entertainment field, TV vet Harry Cooper was in 11th place, actor Geoffrey Rush 13th, TV vet Chris Brown one spot back in 14th and Oscar winner Cate Blanchett at No.16.

A spokesman for Reader's Digest said the survey marked a decade of the magazine ranking Australia's most trusted people.

During that time it had surveyed more than 10,000 Australians from all walks of life.

"It's no coincidence our three most trusted people are all involved in health practice, research or advocacy," he said.

"Our annual poll proves that Australians value substance above all.

"We can smell a rat a mile off. We distrust bankers and politicians, judging them to be motivated by hidden agendas or self-interest.

"If we rate celebrities highly it's not because they're in the spotlight, but because we see them as down-to-earth despite their fame."

While Mr Palmer didn't rate well, he was at least rated more trustworthy than some in the public eye, including Schapelle Corby and her sister Mercedes, who came in at No.99 and No.100 respectively, Rolf Harris (No.91), tennis player Bernard Tomic (No.93) and Member of the Vatican Council George Pell (No.94).


1. Neurosurgeon Charlie Teo

2. Burns specialist Dr Fiona Wood

3. Cancer vaccine immunologist Ian Frazer

4. Youth Off The Streets founder Fr Chris Riley

5. Actor Hugh Jackman

6. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

7. Clean Up Australia founder Ian Kiernan

8. Obstetrician and care worker in Ethiopia Dr Catherine Hamlin

9. Science buff Karl Kruszelnicki

10. Entrepreneur and activist Dick Smith

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