Nurses rank as the most trusted occupation in Gallup’s most recent poll.
As technology innovations reinvent the way we think and take care of ourselves, it’s easy to question or feel distrust in a brand or service or even believe some professions are most honest than others.
But which are these that Americans believe to be most honest and ethical?
Gallup examined the issue and released an interesting poll showing that nurses are considered the most trusted occupation in the U.S. for the 17th year in a row, with 84% of respondents choosing them as the profession that best examples honesty and ethics. Medical doctors, pharmacists and high school teachers follow nurses as the most honest professions in the country, with 60% or more of approbation among the surveyed audience.
Throughout the country, according to Alec Stone, ONS Public Affairs Director, people look to their nurses for honest answers and ethical guidance to difficult medical situations—including elected officials. When nurses speak, they listen. This indelible power ranks nurses higher than physicians, clergy, police officers, and educators, giving them a level of respect compared to many other professions in the country.
Gallup reports that, 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. Before 1999, pharmacists and clergy members were frequently the most-highly rated professions for their ethics.
When it comes to not trusting, Members of Congress rank at the very bottom as nearly 58% of Americans say they have “low” or “very low” ethical standards. Car salespeople, business executives, lawyers and real estate agents also have a low part of the Gallup rank.