Once again, nurses have topped the charts in ratings on honesty and ethical standards, according to a Gallup poll. The poll results are based on telephone interviews conducted Dec. 8-11, with a random sample of 805 adults, ages 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. In 2014, 80% of Americans polled said nurses have very high or high standards of honesty and ethics, compared with a 7% rating for members of Congress and 8% for car salespeople.
Americans have been asked to rate the honesty and ethics of various professions annually since 1990, and periodically since 1976. Nurses have topped the list each year since they were first included in 1999, with the exception of 2001 when firefighters were included in response to their work during and after the 9/11 attacks, according to an article on the Gallup website. Since 2005, at least 80% of Americans have said nurses have high ethics and honesty. Two other medical professions physicians and pharmacists tied this year for second place at 65%, with police officers and clergy approaching 50%.
Besides members of Congress, other relatively poorly rated professions include advertising practitioners, lawyers, business executives and bankers.
Americans continue to rate those in medical professions as having higher honesty and ethical standards than those in most other professions. Although the 80% rating is a 2% drop from 2013, nurses have consistently been the top-rated profession.
Physicians and pharmacists also receive high ratings in the Gallup poll, according to the article. The high ratings of medical professions this year is significant after the Ebola outbreak which infected a number of medical professionals both in the U.S. and in West Africa.
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