Nursing ranked most trusted profession for 22nd year in a row

The nursing profession continues to secure the highest assessment of ethics and honesty from Americans, according to the latest Gallup poll findings.   

The 79 percent of adults who say nurses have "very high" or "high" honesty and ethical standards is greater than any of the other 17 professions assessed, Gallup noted. The latest findings are from a poll conducted Nov. 9 through Dec. 2, 2022. 

Nurses have topped the list for honesty and ethics each year since the profession was added to the ratings in 1999 except for 2001, when firefighters outperformed them in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. 

The top three most-trusted professions are in the healthcare field, with nurses leading the way and physicians and pharmacists following. Sixty-two percent of Americans said physicians have "very high" or "high" honesty and ethical standards, and 58 percent said the same for pharmacists. The scores for all three roles are down from their 2020 high, when Americans' assessments for honesty and ethics among healthcare professionals soared in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Car salespeople, members of Congress and telemarketers earned the lowest rankings.

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