America’s nurses maintained their reputation as the most honest and ethical workers in 22 professions that Gallup assesses every year.
Currently, 85% of Americans say nurses’ honesty and ethical standards are “very high” or “high,” essentially unchanged from 2018. In fact, Gallup says nurses have been No. 1 for 18 straight years.
“Nurses are consistently rated higher in honesty and ethics than all other professions that Gallup asks about, by a wide margin,” writer R. J. Reinhart states. “Medical professions in general rate highly in Americans’ assessments of honesty and ethics, with at least six in 10 U.S. adults saying medical doctors, pharmacists and dentists have high levels of these virtues. The only nonmedical profession that Americans now hold in a similar level of esteem is engineers…”
Engineers came in second, with 66% saying individuals in this field have high levels of honesty and ethics. They were followed by medical doctors, pharmacists and dentists. Police officers were next, with 54% rating them as being highly ethical. The remaining professions all received less than 50%.
“Americans’ high regard for healthcare professionals contrasts sharply with their assessments of stockbrokers, advertising professionals, insurance salespeople, senators, members of Congress and car salespeople — all of which garner less than 20% of U.S. adults saying they have high levels of honesty and ethics,” Reinhart adds.
The poll was conducted from Dec. 2–15, 2019.
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