Americans Rate Nurses as Most Honest and Ethical Profession in 2016

nurses ranked most honest and ethical 2016

Americans have once again ranked nurses as the most trustworthy profession. This annual Gallup poll reveals that nurses are rated 84% high or very high when it comes to honesty and ethical standards. In comparison, congress was ranked the lowest with a 59% rating.

Nurses have topped this poll every year except one since Gallup first started conducting these surveys. The lone year that nurses were not rated the highest was in 2001, when Gallup included firefighters on the list based on their heroic efforts in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks. This also marks the 15th consecutive year that nurses have been named the most trustworthy profession.

Healthcare professionals did very well on this poll. 4 out of the top 5 professions were related to healthcare. The #2 rated professions is pharmacists (67% high or very high rating), followed by medical doctors at #3 (65% high or very high rating). Dentists round out the top 5 at #5 (59% high or very high) with engineers beating them at #4.

Nurses play an integral part of the healthcare system. They can work in a variety of healthcare settings, including; schools, hospitals, private practices, insurance companies, in the home, adult day care facilities, and other organizations. There are registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants. Nurses have different specialties and different levels of abilities.

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Survey Methods

Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Dec. 7-11, 2016, with a random sample of 1,028 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting.

Each sample of national adults includes a minimum quota of 60% cellphone respondents and 40% landline respondents, with additional minimum quotas by time zone within region. Landline and cellular telephone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods.