One of the world’s most read magazine rolls out a list of America’s most trusted people and that makes it easy for readers and fans to access their idols. Based on a nationwide poll, Reader’s Digest has whipped out the names of 100 Most Trusted People in America. Since trust is valued by every human, Reader’s Digest has teamed up with national marketing research company, The Wagner Group for this first-ever poll to uncover which public figures earned Americans’ confidence. From a list of 200 people shortlisted for this poll, 1000 US citizens have ranked 100 most trustworthy based on integrity and character, exceptional talent, drive to personal excellence, internal moral compass, message, honesty and leadership.
Cast Away actor has been crowned as the most trusted American! Tom Hanks earned the highest score of 65% which also honored him as America’s most trusted man. The American actor, producer, writer and director is known for his roles in Apollo 13, You’ve Got Mail, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons.
Speed actress Sandra Bullock sped up to No. 2 position on the list and also walked away with the crown of America’s most trusted woman.
Denzel Washington bagged the third slot on the list of America’s most trusted people.
While Devil Wears Prada, Meryl Streep wears the crown of the 4th most trusted American.
American author and poet Maya Angelou stood 5th and is the first non-Hollywood candidate on the list.
Legendary director, screenwriter and producer, Steven Spielberg is America’s 6th most trusted dude.
Bill Gates, the American business magnate, investor, programmer, inventor and world’s second most generous philanthropist was nominated as the 7th most trusted American.
On the 8th slot stands host of Jeopardy, the Canadian-American television personality Alex Trebek.
Bill Gates’ wife Melinda Gates is the co-chairperson of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and also holds the 9th position on America’s most trusted list. This makes them the first and only couple to make it to the top 10 most trusted people of Americans.
Pretty Woman Julia Roberts smiled wide to be listed 10th on the list.
This rounds up the ten most trusted America’s list with six of them belonging to the movie industry.
However, it isn’t easy for all Hollywood actors to make it to the top of the list, not even for the popular ones. Kristen Stewart and Tom Cruise scored the lowest and were pushed to the dead end of the 100 Most Trusted People in America list. Guess, the way of handling their personal life didn’t go well with the people who were picked for the poll.
Michelle Obama, First Lady was crowned as the 19th most trusted American. While Barack Obama, President of the United States lagged way behind his wife on the 65th position.
Reader’s Digest reveals that first and foremost that Americans trust people they know more than those who are famous. Trust is cited on American currency, valued in relationships, and worshiped in everyday faith.