America Trusts No One. Except Tom Hanks.

Tom Hanks is your dad. Tom Hanks is your president. Tom Hanks is your king. According to a poll conducted by Reader’s Digest and The Wagner Group, Tom Hanks is the most trusted person in America.

What’s unclear is why people trust Tom Hanks. I mean, I guess he doesn’t seem particularly untrustworthy, but it’s just that he’s not poison testing my food or reporting the news or really performing any societal function in which my level of trust in him would be important. Granted, the sample group is only 1,000 people so it’s hardly scientific. Reader’s Digest proclaims the poll’s results to be “revealing, hopeful and sometimes shocking,” they are none of the three.

Here are the top ten:

  1. Tom Hanks
  2. Sandra Bullock
  3. Denzel Washington
  4. Meryl Streep
  5. Maya Angelou
  6. Steven Spielberg
  7. Bill Gates
  8. Alex Trebek
  9. Melinda Gates
  10. Julia Roberts

It’s not until number 12 that a journalist comes up (Robin Roberts) and the first politician (sort of) on the list is Michelle Obama. You can see the full list of 100 here.