The latest results are based on a Dec. 1-17 Gallup poll in which Americans were asked to rate the honesty and ethics of 15 professions as very high, high, average, low or very low. Gallup first conducted the poll in 1976 and has updated it annually since 1990. Professions are often added to the list.
Nurses’ 89% rating is four points greater than their previous high score, recorded in 2019.
Medical doctors’ rating rose 12 points, to 77%, and bested their high of 70% earned in 2011 and 2012.
Pharmacists saw their rating rise seven points, to 71%, their highest score since 2012.
Although the ratings of some professions differed according to political affiliation, “Republicans and Democrats are in broad agreement that nurses, doctors, grade-school teachers and pharmacists have very high or high honesty and ethical standards, with majorities of both groups considering them such,” Saad wrote.
The Ethics and Honesty poll results are similar to Gallup’s annual Confidence in Institutions poll conducted in June and July, which found sharp increases in the percentage of Americans expressing high confidence in the medical system.