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Nurses Retain Top Spot in 2013 Gallup Poll on Honesty and Ethics

January 2014

The public continues to rate nurses as the most trusted profession, according to the most recent Gallup survey that ranks professions based on their honesty and ethical standards. In fact, the poll shows that 82 percent of U.S. adults rate the honesty and ethical standards of nurses as either “high” or “very high.”

The nursing profession has topped Gallup’s honesty and ethics profession ratings since 1999, except in 2001 when firefighters received the highest rating after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. Nurses are followed this year by pharmacists (70 percent), grade school teachers (70 percent), doctors (69 percent), military officers (69 percent) and police officers (54 percent).

For more information about the 2013 Gallup Honesty and Ethics poll and to view full results, visit

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