Nurses are America's most honest and ethical professionals, according to a new Gallup survey. Nearly 80 percent of the annual poll's participants ranked nurses "very high" or "high" for honesty and ethics.
More than 1,000 adults took part in the November phone survey. They were asked to rate the honesty and ethical standards of various professions as "very high," "high," "average," "low," or "very low."
Nurses have been in the winner's circle before. They've traditionally ranked at or near the top of the list of professionals that the public holds in high regard. Each year the list rotates approximately 20 professions, and nurses have held their high position in the listing since they were added to the poll in 1999, except for one year. In 2001, firefighters were rated No. 1 after their heroic acts during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Here's Gallup's list, starting with the professions rated "very high" or "high" on honesty and ethical standards:
- Nurses (79 percent)
- Druggists, pharmacists (72 percent)
- Military officers (72 percent)
- Medical doctors (67 percent)
- Police officers (60 percent)
- Clergy (56 percent)
- Judges (53 percent)
- Day care providers (49 percent)
- Bankers (36 percent)
- Auto mechanics (26 percent)
- Local officeholders (26 percent)
- Nursing home operators (24 percent)
- State officeholders (24 percent)
- TV reporters (23 percent)
- Newspaper reporters (21 percent)
- Business executives (20 percent)
- Lawyers (18 percent)
- Congressmen (10 percent)
- Advertising practitioners (10 percent)
- Car salesmen (9 percent)