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EIGHINGER: Who do you trust? Listing America's least and most trusted celebrities

Why is it we have this strange desire to see our favorite personalities -- or "celebrities," if you will -- rise to the pinnacle and then come crashing down via scandal or some other self-induced calamity?

Heck, I have no idea. That's something for Dr. Phil or Oprah to sort out. I just know that we do.

We love our favorite people, and we also love to see them fail, and then we root for them to pull themselves up by their proverbial boot straps.

It's the American way.

It was quite interesting a few days ago to come across the results of an Ipsos poll that listed the top 10 celebrities Americans trust the least and a top 10 they trust the most. See what you think.

LEAST TRUSTED

1. Paris Hilton, 60 percent: This actually surprises me. I would have thought her 15 minutes of fame had ended quite some time ago. Apparently, a lot of Americans hold grudges concerning stupidity.

2. Charlie Sheen, 52 percent: Is any comment really necessary?

3. Britney Spears, 45 percent: This one's a mild surprise, too. I thought we had forgotten about her and her nutball antics.

4. Kanye West, 45 percent: That Taylor Swift episode is still haunting him.

5. Arnold Schwarzenegger, 44 percent: When will guys like Arnold and Tiger learn it's called "cheating" for a reason?

6. Tiger Woods, 42 percent: The surprise here is that Tiger is "only" No. 6 on the list. Has anyone in recent memory fallen so hard so fast?

7. Kim Kardashian, 38 percent: This ranking is a bit unfair. Other than being annoying, I don't think the most famous of the Kardashians deserves to be grouped with the likes of Paris, Charlie and Tiger.

8. Mel Gibson, 33 percent: At the height of his career, Gibson was arguably the most popular male actor in this country, riding the success of the "Lethal Weapon" and "Mad Max" franchises. Now he's just a cranky old man with a lot of issues.

9. Donald Trump, 31 percent: He's so rich, we are required to trust him.

10. LeBron James, 29 percent: He could have been a hero, respected by an entire nation. "The Decision" he made was the wrong one.

MOST TRUSTED

1. Betty White, 89 percent: Wouldn't you love to have her as a next-door neighbor? What a neat lady.

2. Denzel Washington, 85 percent: Even when he plays a bad guy in a movie -- which is rare -- he comes out looking like a hero. That's a rare quality.

3. Sandra Bullock, 84 percent: I bet she has never sworn, jaywalked or coasted through a stop sign in her life.

4. Clint Eastwood, 83 percent: He has that rare quality of appealing to both men and women, young and old, hawk and dove, conservative and liberal.

5. Tom Hanks, 81 percent: Our love affair was cemented in stone following "Forrest Gump."

6. Harrison Ford, 80 percent: He seems like the kind of guy you could call to come get you if your car broke down in Kinderhook in the middle of the night.

7. Morgan Freeman, 79 percent: Has this guy ever made a bad movie, or played an unappealing character? No.

8. Kate Middleton, 79 percent: I have never even heard this woman talk. How can I trust her? (And don't say because she has a sister named Pippa.)

9. Will Smith, 77 percent: The smile, the charm, the wit. I think we would trust this guy, even if his last name was Madoff.

10. Johnny Depp, 76 percent: I'm pretty sure Johnny doesn't even make this ranking if he had never undertaken the ongoing role of Capt. Jack Sparrow. Everyone loves a good-natured, well-intending pirate. Arrrgh!

-- seighinger@whig.com/221-3377

 

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