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Nurses Remain The Most Trusted Profession

Nurses continue to rank at the top of the polls when it comes to honesty and ethics.

For the 11th time in 12 years, nurses topped Gallup's annual Honesty and Ethics survey. All told, 81 percent of Americans ranked nurses at "very high" or "high" and just 1 percent ranked them "low."

Military officers, pharmacists, grade school teachers and medical doctors rounded out the top five in the survey, which was taken from November 19th to 21st. Pharmacists, bankers, lawyers, clergy and business executives saw the most improvement from last year.

Lobbyists ranked last in the survey, as just 7 percent ranked them "high" or "very high," compared to 61 that gave them "low" scores.

Next on the bottom five were car salespeople, Congress, advertising practitioners and state office holders. Police officers saw a 6 percent decline from last year.

The only time nurses did not top the survey was in 2001, when firefighters were added on a one-time basis following the September 11th terrorist attacks.

by RTT Staff Writer

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