Nurses Rank Highest in Honesty, Ethics

Well done, nurses. For the 18th year in a row, Americans have named you as the most honest and ethical professionals in the country.

For the 18th year in a row, Americans have ranked nurses as the most honest profession, according an annual poll conducted by Gallup.

The poll, which asks Americans to rank the honesty and ethical standards of people in various professions, found that 85% of Americans rate nurses as having “high” or “very high” honesty and ethical standards, yet again outpacing every other profession.

Nurses have consistently ranked higher than all other professions, receiving 84% of the vote in 2018, 82% in 2017, and 84% in 2016. However, they are not the only medical professionals Americans rate highly, with doctors (65%), pharmacists (64%), and dentists (61%) all ranking in the top five this year, and none of the medical professions included in the poll ranked outside of the top ten.

This year, the least honest professions according to Americans were car salespeople (9%), members of Congress (12%), and Senators (13%).

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