When it comes to a profession that Americans can truly trust, nurses top the list. The profession was rated #1 for honesty and ethical standards for the 17th consecutive year in an annual Gallup poll this month.
When asked to rate a variety of professions, 84% of respondents rated nurses as high or very high for honesty and ethical standards. This was 17 percentage points above #2 on the list – medical doctors. Rounding out the top five most honest professions are pharmacists, high school teachers and police officers. Results of the poll were based on telephone interviews in December 2018 with a random sample of 1,025 adults from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Gallup has tracked the American public’s perceptions of honesty and ethical standards of professionals in different fields for several decades. Nurses have far-outpaced other professions for these qualities every year since they were added to the list – with the exception of 2001, when firefighters held the top spot.
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By Kari Lawrence
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