Nursing continues to score highest in honesty and ethics amongst public
In 2014 according to the Gallup Poll, the American public rated nurses as having the highest honesty and ethical standards. On the opposite end of the spectrum, members of Congress and car salespeople received the worst ratings among the 11 professions included in 2014’s poll. A full eighty percent of Americans rate nurses as having “very high” or “high” standards of honesty and ethics.
The Gallup Poll has surveyed Americans as to the honesty and ethics of various professions annually since 1990. With the exception of 2001 when firefighters were included in response to their work during and after the 9/11 attacks, nurses have topped the list each year since they were first included in 1999. Since 2005, at minimum 80% of Americans have rated nurses as having high ethics and honesty. Two additional medical professions (medical doctors and pharmacists) tied for second place this year at 65%, with police officers and clergy nearing 50%.
The American public continues to rate those in medical professions as having higher honesty and ethical standards than those in most other professions, and nurses have consistently been the top-rated profession.