Pharmacists Remain Among Most Trusted and Ethical Professionals

MARCH 01, 2018
Ryan Marotta, Associate Editor
Pharmacists have once again been ranked among the most honest and ethical professionals in the United States, according to the results of the latest Gallup poll on the topic.

Of the survey’s 1049 respondents, 62% rated the honesty and ethical standards of pharmacists as “high” or “very high.” This percentage of favorable responses was the fifth highest of the survey, with nurses (82%) taking the top spot for the 16th year in a row.1

Pharmacists performed slightly better on the survey last year, earning favorable scores from 67% of participants in 2016.2

Other highly rated professionals included in the survey were military officers (71%), grade school teachers (66%), and medical doctors (65%). Lobbyists received the lowest score, with only 8% of survey respondents giving them a favorable rating and 58% considering their ethical and honesty standards to be “low” or “very low.”1

The full results of the survey, which was conducted via telephone from December 4-11, 2017, can be found in the Table.1

Table: Americans' Ratings of Honesty and Ethical Standards in Professions (December 2017)1
Profession High/Very High Average Low/Very Low
Nurses 82% 16% 2%
Military officers 71% 24% 3%
Grade school teachers 66% 27% 5%
Medical doctors 65% 31% 4%
Pharmacists 62% 32% 6%
Police officers 56% 32% 12%
Day care providers 46% 43% 7%
Judges 43% 41% 15%
Clergy 42% 41% 13%
Auto mechanics 32% 53% 14%
Nursing home operators 26% 48% 22%
Bankers 25% 54% 21%
Newspaper reporters 25% 39% 35%
Local officeholders 24% 53% 20%
TV reporters 23% 39% 37%
State officeholders 19% 47% 33%
Lawyers 18% 53% 28%
Business executives 16% 54% 28%
Advertising practitioners 12% 49% 34%
Members of Congress 11% 29% 60%
Car salespeople 10% 48% 39%
Lobbyists 8% 31% 58%
 

References
  1. Nurses Keep Healthy Lead as Most Honest, Ethical Profession [news release]. Gallup website. . Accessed January 15, 2018.
  2. Americans Rate Healthcare Providers High on Honesty, Ethics [news release]. Gallup website. . Accessed January 15, 2018.


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