Who does the public trust most?

April 1, 2005

When it comes to honesty and ethical behavior, physicians ranked behind nurses once again, according to an annual Gallup survey.

When it comes to honesty and ethical behavior, physicians ranked behind nurses once again, according to an annual Gallup survey. For the third year in a row, 79% of those surveyed ranked the trustworthiness of nurses "high" or "very high" – putting the nursing profession in the top spot. Nurses were followed by grade-school teachers (73%), pharmacists or druggists (72%), military officers (72%), and then physicians (67%).

At the bottom end of the trust scale were lawyers (18%), advertising practitioners (10%), and car salesmen (9%), reported Medical Economics (2/4/05).