Nursing named most trusted profession for 17th consecutive year

Americans cited nursing as the most honest and ethical profession for the 17th consecutive year, according to the 2018 edition of Gallup's annual survey.

For the survey, Gallup asked a random sample of 1,025 U.S. adults to rate honesty and ethical standards for 20 occupations. Gallup collected responses via telephone between Dec. 3-12.

Healthcare providers represented the three most trusted professions. Eighty-four percent of respondents rated the honesty and ethical standards of nurses as "high" or "very high," compared to 67 percent for physicians and 66 percent for pharmacists.

Since Gallup first included nurses in the survey in 1999, respondents have ranked the frontline providers as the most trusted profession every year but one. In 2001, firefighters topped the list after Gallup included the profession in the poll in the wake of 9/11.

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