Enduring Trust: Nurses Again Top Gallup’s Poll on Honesty and Ethics

Dec 5, 2012, 2:16 PM

Americans gave nurses higher marks than any other profession in Gallup’s annual poll on honesty and ethical standards, released this week.  When asked to “please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields,” 85 percent of respondents gave very high or high marks to nurses.  Just three percent gave nurses low or very low marks. 

Rounding out the top five most trusted professions are pharmacists, doctors, engineers and dentists. 

Nurses have topped the list every year since they were included in the survey in 1999, except following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks when firefighters were included on a one-time basis.

At the bottom of the list: car salespeople and members of Congress.

Gallup conducted the telephone survey in late November.

See the Gallup poll results.

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