Who do Americans trust? Nurses above all, and then pharmacists, medical doctors and police officers, according to a Gallup poll released Friday. For the ninth year in a row, nurses topped Gallup's list of professionals Americans consider the most honest.

More than four out of five polled rated nurses' ethics as either "high" or "very high," while more than 70% had high regard for the honesty of pharmacists and doctors. Grade-school teachers also ranked well, at 67%, but the perception of their trustworthiness fell from 74% three years ago, according to Gallup's November telephone poll of more than 1,000 adults.

And even though police officers remained high on the list, the profession's reputation also has slid in the last year. The percentage of respondents who believe police are ethical fell by six percentage points from the 2009 survey.

Meanwhile, Americans consider car salespeople and members of Congress to be the least ethical. Only 9% of those surveyed say the members of Congress have high ethical standards, down from 12% two years ago, and just 7% say they trust car salespeople.

Within the past year, pharmacists' reputations jumped -- the profession gained five percentage points -- while clergymen, bankers and lawyers also each gained a measure of the public's trust since 2009. Military officers also gained eight percentage points since they were last included in the survey in 2008, Gallup reported.

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The "hidden issue" about nurses is they are adding a great deal to the cost of hospital medical care. They work three shifts a week of 12 hours each and they are paid for a "full weeks" work. Their 'golden deal" is paid for by the infirmed public who are being admitted to their hospital because they are ill. Nurses get well paid for their "sacrifice" as they know that a hospital cannot function without them. Hence their "sweet deal" is a major reason that medical costs are higher in the United States than practically any country. Please don't depict them as "sacrificing Florence Nighingale's."

December 05 2010 at 9:15 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to davidmhermes's comment
edie sudiswa

R U Kidding me, sweet deal my ass, Nursing is a thankless job, we a forced to take any sht you and your family feel like dishing out. We work under stress, when towns shut down do to weather, we still work, we miss holidays with our families, and we do it with less money than the maitenance man.Oh and to top it off, we have no reitirement benifit, and the worst health insurance.Hopefully you'll never have to know..but if your ever really sick, Im sure your dedicated nurse will open your eyes. Good Health to you

December 05 2010 at 9:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Cops are not to be trusted.

December 05 2010 at 8:52 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ectullis's comment

next time someone beats you up or robs you....call a crook or a car salesman....

December 06 2010 at 2:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

car salemen lets be honest are strickly theives

December 05 2010 at 8:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I trust pharmacists (im not sure why, but ive always had good kind and helpful ones) and kinda trust doctors though not all but cops and nurses.......no. Cops are often despicable people with an authority complex. I HAVE met decent cops but few. I wouldn't want to know most of them as people. It's sad but it's the truth

December 05 2010 at 6:49 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Well I guess it is not difficult for you to guess my Profession...Yes for the most part most nurses are ethical. There have been some in my several years of nursing that should never have become nurses...It is within the past ten years or so, some are just in it for the money and have no compassion. In fact those nurses are down-right mean to patients...Then you also have the addicted few who infiltrate any hospital or Medical facilty... I do believe that the dedication and putting family last is a big thing...There are so many holiday's and Birthday's we miss or are very late for...All in all the majority are ethical...Nurses have to set an example always!

December 05 2010 at 5:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Nursy's comment

Well, with many hospitals laying off LPN'S and RN's and instead hiring nurses only with their BSN perhaps some of the bad ones won't make it back into the system.

December 05 2010 at 9:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

From the behavior of some nurses I've seen lately, I don't know about that. Not only are so many of them obese being in the medical profession (although that doesn't pertain to ethics, it drives me nuts), they don't practice proper hygiene in the clinics and hospitals and I hear many of them gossiping and talking about patients. My brother was in the ICU for awhile for Hep C complications. He had a shunt put in his liver and there were tubes going into his jugular vein. His nurse, who bragged about being one for years, never wore gloves while checking him and his neck, and never washed her hands. Oh, and let's talk about the ones who are addicts.....

December 05 2010 at 4:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

hate to tell ya but next time you are in the hospital and ask for pain med, tell your nurse to bring it in it's original container and open if in front of you. don't accept a half full syringe as you may be getting sterile water. also, if you have an elderly loved one in the hospital who cannot turn themselves, don't expect the nurse to be doing it. your loved one will end up with a huge bedsore that will take a very long time to heal. yes, there are many good nurses out there but there are also many that should be flipping burgers for a living. always try to have someone stay with you to make sure you are getting the care you need and can act on your behalf.

December 05 2010 at 4:25 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

My sister in law dies of cancer at 41. The nurse that took care of her at UPenn for a long time gave birth to her widowers son 11 months after her death. I picked up on the nurse's fancy for my brother in law long before my sister in laws death. How is this ethical when the greiving family has to deal with this as well as the nurse moving into the deceased home? Takes two to tango but I am told that this behavior is unethical for a nurse, doctor or physicians assistant.

December 05 2010 at 3:10 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Question: When are the "people" going to realize that the "Police" are out of control in this country and do something about it? That "they" are even On The List amazes me. "They", for the most part, can't even spell "ethics" much less give a definition of the term! "They" have become a law unto themselves and believe they can do anything and get away with it. And, "we" are all to blame for that!

December 05 2010 at 2:36 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to bevilredbird's comment

Cops have way too much power for their mentality or lack thereof.

December 05 2010 at 8:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

used car sales people and auto mechanics are the bottom of the list for unethical.

December 05 2010 at 1:47 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Becca Wentzler

Technically, these two professions play on other's ignorance. The wise thing to do is educate yourself prior to doing business with either, and that way they know they can't pull the wool over your eyes and you mean business.

December 05 2010 at 7:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply