The latest version of the annual Gallup poll on honesty and ethics doesn't look too good for business executives, ad people and TV reporters. But if you're a nurse, you enjoy the highest level of trust and respect from those polled by Gallup earlier this month.
Eighty-two percent of those surveyed rate the honesty and ethical standards of nurses as "very high" or "high." Pharmacists and grade school teachers had the next best rating, at 70 percent, and medical doctors were a very close third, at 69 percent.
Car salespeople weren't at the bottom. They were third from bottom, with only nine percent rating them as trustworthy and ethical. But ranking beneath them were members of Congress, at eight percent, and lobbyists at six.
Advertising practitioners weren't viewed very well, getting only a 14 percent rating. TV reporters did a bit better, at 20 percent. (The poll was taken before Anchorman 2 was released, so maybe Ron Burgundy could raise or lower that ranking for next year.) Newspaper reporters gained a little bit more respect, at 21 percent, one point above lawyers and TV reporters. (I would have put lawyers way down there with lobbyists, or below.)
Evidently, there was no spot for Public Relations people in the survey. I wonder if we'd be there with ad pros, or lower down with lobbyists? Maybe it's a good thing Gallup didn't ask.