Canadians rate media as less trustworthy than politicians or police, new Statistics Canada data showed yesterday. Lack of confidence in journalists’ integrity coincided with a $595 million bailout critics warned would fuel public skepticism.

Asked, “Using a scale of one to five where one means ‘no confidence at all’ and five means ‘a great deal of confidence,’ how much confidence do you have in the Canadian media?” less than a third of Canadians nationwide, 31 percent, expressed a “good or great deal of confidence in media.”

Canadians by comparison were more likely to trust Parliament (32 percent), the courts (46 percent), the school system (47 percent) and police (62 percent). Findings were drawn from Canadian Social Survey questionnaires.

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