Nurses Continue to Top Public Trust Survey

Jan 2, 2014, 1:31 PM

With all the changes in the country’s health care system, one thing has remained constant: nurses remain the nation’s most trusted profession.

Nurses topped Gallup’s annual survey as the profession most trusted by the public again last year.  It was the 12th year in a row—and the 14th time in the 15-year history of the survey—that the public rated nurses as the most trusted profession.

Gallup conducted the survey in December.  More than four in five respondents (82%) said “high” or “very high” when asked: How would you rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields – very high, high, average, low, or very low?

Health professionals claimed three of the four top spots in this year’s survey, with pharmacists coming in second (70% of respondents rated them “high” or “very high”), and medical doctors coming in fourth (69%).  Grade school teachers were in the third spot.

Nurses have topped the list since Gallup began asking about them in 1999, with the exception of 2001, when Gallup included firefighters in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on the United States.

Gallup’s 2013 survey was conducted in English and Spanish on December 5th to 8th.  The phone survey included a random sample of 1,031 adults age 18 or older.  Read more about it.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.