Nurses Continue to Receive Highest Ratings
Nurses, whose honesty and ethics are rated as "high" or "very high" by 79% of Americans, top the list again this year. Nurses have been the highest rated profession since they were first included in Gallup's survey in 1999, except for 2001, when firefighters surpassed them in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks (firefighters were not included in this year's survey). Other top-rated professions are pharmacists (at 67%, and the highest rated profession prior to the introduction of nurses to the list), military officers (65%, a new addition to the list), high school teachers (64%) and medical doctors (63%).
Looking at the other end of the spectrum, the public's rating of the honesty and ethics of telemarketers is the lowest of any of the professions tested. Only 5% of Americans rate this group's honesty and ethics as high or very high. Car salesmen are rated just about as negatively as telemarketers are; only 6% of Americans rate their honesty and ethics highly. Advertising practitioners are given positive ratings by only 9% of the public, down from a 14% reading earlier this year.
Here's the link to see the breakdown: http://www.gallup.com/poll/releases/pr021204.asp
Disregard the above post...that link was bad