Nursing is ranked the most honest and ethical profession for the 16th consecutive year according to a survey by Gallup. Americans’ ratings of the honesty and ethical standards of 22 occupations finds nurses at the top of the list. More than eight in 10 (82%) Americans describe nurses’ ethics as “very high” or “high.” In contrast, about six in 10 Americans rate members of Congress (60%) and lobbyists (58%) as “very low” or “low” when it comes to honesty and ethical standards.
Military officers and grade school teachers were second and third.
In contrast, members of Congress, car salespeople and lobbyists rank among the least trustworthy professions.
|Very high/High||Average||Very low/Low|
|Grade school teachers||66||27||5|
|Day care providers||46||43||7|
|Nursing home operators||26||48||22|
|Members of Congress||11||29||60|
|GALLUP, DEC. 4-11, 2017|
Nurses have surpassed all other professions every year but one since Gallup first asked about them in 1999. In 2001, Gallup included firefighters on the list after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and 90% of the public rated their honesty and ethical standards as “high” or “very high.”
Overall, a majority of Americans in the Dec. 4-11 poll rated six professions as “high” or “very high” for honesty and ethical standards. In addition to nurses, that list includes military officers, grade school teachers, medical doctors, police officers and pharmacists. The honesty rating of pharmacists, although still high on an absolute basis, dropped five points since last year and is at its lowest point since 1994, possibly reflecting the current nationwide opioid crisis.