But when it comes to perceived honesty and ethical standards, Americans give these two professions relatively equivalent grades -- abysmal ones, according to a new poll by the Gallup Organization.
Survey respondents were asked to rate 22 professions on a five-point honesty and ethics scale, ranging from "very high" to "very low." Members of Congress were at the bottom, with a whopping 54 percent of respondents saying that Congress has "low" or "very low" standards for ethics. Forty-nine percent of the respondents said car salespeople have a "low" or "very low" ethical standards.
So Who Is Trusted?
Nurses received the highest rating in the Gallup poll, with 85 percent of respondents saying that nurses have high or very high ethical standards. That put them above clergy (No. 8 on the Gallup list) and several other medical practitioners, including:
- pharmacists (No. 2).
- doctors (No. 3).
- dentists (No. 5).
- psychiatrists (No. 9).
How would you rank these professions? And most importantly, where would you place your profession on this list?
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