Health care professions hold down the three top spots in the Gallup Poll’s 2018 annual ranking for honesty and ethical standards. Nursing came in first — for the 17th consecutive year — followed by physicians and pharmacists.
“With the exception of one year, 2001, when firefighters were on the list after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, nurses have far outpaced all other professions since they were added to the list two decades ago,” Gallup reports. “Before 1999, pharmacists and clergy members were frequently the most-highly rated professions for their ethics.”
In interviews with a random sample of 1,025 American adults conducted earlier this month, Gallup asked, “Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields — very high, high, average, low, or very low?”
For physicians (whom Gallup calls “medical doctors”), respondents said:
Very high: 15 percent
High: 52 percent
Average: 25 percent
Low: 6 percent
Very low: 2 percent
No opinion: 1 percent
Since 2002, physicians’ combined “very high” and “high” ratings have moved between a tight range of 63 percent to 70 percent, usually tied with or slightly behind pharmacists. This year’s 67-percent “very high” and “high” rating for physicians significantly outpaced other professionals such as accountants (42 percent), bankers (27 percent), real estate agents (25 percent), lawyers (19 percent), and business executives (17 percent).
As usual, members of Congress (8 percent), car salespeople (8 percent), and telemarketers (9 percent) occupied the bottom of the list.
Read more about the survey methodology on the Gallup website.
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December 21, 2018