practice, I always went to the nurses to ﬁnd out their side of the story. Nurses are angels! They work because they love what they do.
Now back to the survey. Seventy ﬁve percent of the people felt pharmacists were second on the list. Coming up in third place for honesty and ethics were the doctors at 70%. Wow, what does this really mean for our medical profession when it’s the doctors who are supposed to know the most medicine and have had the most years of education?
The poll was conducted by telephone between the days of November 26 through November 29, 2012. All 50 states and the District of Columbia were called. People had to be 18 years old or older to participate and 1015 people were interviewed. The survey was published December 4 to the public.
The survey has been conducted yearly since 1976. Nurses were not included in the survey until 1999. This year, nurses have led the rankings for eleven consecutive years. The only time nurses did not rank ﬁrst on the list was in 2001 after the 911 terrorist attack. Fireﬁghters were the winning ﬁrst ranker then.
The survey asked the participants, “Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different ﬁelds- very high, high, average, low, or very low?” In random order, a list of 22 professionals was provided.
Third place was tied between the physicians and engineers at a 70% rankings, followed by dentists at 62%, police ofﬁcers at 58%, and college teachers at 53%. Coming in at eighth place where the psychiatrists who ranked at 41%. Chiropractors ranked ninth at 38%, followed by the bankers at 28% and journalist at 24%.
At the very bottom of the survey were car salespeople with 8% and members of Congress at 10%.