Nurses still #1 trusted profession

The annual Gallup poll of of trusted professions shows that Americans continue to trust Nurses more than any other profession.

Nurses Still No. 1, Congress Amo]ng the Lowest

Nurses have topped Gallup’s Honesty and Ethics ranking every year but one since they were added to the list in 1999. The exception is 2001, when firefighters were included on the list on a one-time basis, shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (Firefighters earned a record-high 90% honesty and ethics rating in that survey.)

With an 85% honesty and ethics rating — tying their high point — nurses have no serious competition atop the Gallup ranking this year. Pharmacists and medical doctors constitute the next tier, with about two-thirds of Americans viewing each highly, followed by high school teachers at 60% and police officers at 56%.

Less than half of Americans consider clergy (45%), funeral directors (44%) or accountants (39%) to be highly ethical. Still, Americans are much more likely to view these professions positively than negatively.

Journalists, bankers and building contractors have closely split images, while lawyers, real estate agents, labor union leaders, business executives, stockbrokers, advertising practitioners and car salespeople all have low "high/very high" ratings and are more likely to be viewed negatively than positively. Still, at least four in 10 Americans consider the honesty and ethics of these professions to be "average," rather than low. On the other hand, there is little good news in the numbers for members of Congress, telemarketers and lobbyists. Solid majorities of Americans consider the honesty and ethics of these professions to be low or very low, while fewer than one in 10 believe they have high ethics.

David Cournoyer
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta

Office: 780 425 1025
Mobile: 780 913 1563