Pharmacists Remain Among Most Trusted Professions

December 21, 2016
Ryan Marotta, Assistant Editor

Pharmacists have once more been ranked among the most honest and ethical professionals in the United States, according to the results of the latest Gallup poll on the topic.

Pharmacists have once more been ranked among the most honest and ethical professionals in the United States, according to the results of the latest Gallup poll on the topic.

Of the survey’s 1028 respondents, 67% rated the honesty and ethical standards of pharmacists as “high” or “very high.” This percentage of favorable responses was the second highest of the survey, with nurses (84%) taking the top spot for 15th year in a row.

Pharmacists performed similarly well in previous years, earning favorable scores from 65% of participants in 2014 and 68% of respondents in 2015.

“We commend community pharmacists across the country on their impressive showing in the latest Gallup survey of Americans’ views of honesty and ethical standards. People continue to hold pharmacists in very high regard,” B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA, CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association, said in a press release. “It is time for payers and policymakers to better utilize the accessibility, expertise and public trust in pharmacists.”

Other health professionals included in the survey were medical doctors (65%), dentists (59%), chiropractors (38%), and psychiatrists (38%). Members of Congress received the lowest score, with only 8% of survey participants giving them a favorable rating and 59% considering their ethical and honesty standards to be “low” or “very low.”

The full results of the survey, which was conducted via telephone from December 7-11, 2016, can be found in the following table:

Americans' Ratings of Honesty and Ethical Standards in Professions (December 2016)

Profession

High/Very High

Average

Low/Very Low

Nurses

84%

13%

3%

Pharmacists

67%

26%

8%

Medical Doctors

65%

29%

7%

Engineers

65%

29%

5%

Dentists

59%

34%

7%

Police Officers

58%

29%

13%

College Teachers

47%

32%

18%

Clergy

44%

39%

13%

Chiropractors

38%

45%

13%

Psychiatrists

38%

45%

12%

Bankers

24%

46%

30%

Journalists

23%

34%

41%

Lawyers

18%

45%

37%

State Governors

18%

45%

35%

Business Executives

17%

50%

32%

HMO Managers

12%

48%

31%

Senators

12%

37%

50%

Stockbrokers

12%

46%

39%

Advertising Practitioners

11%

46%

40%

Insurance Salespeople

11%

51%

38%

Car Salespeople

9%

45%

46%

Members of Congress

8%

31%

59%

Source: Gallup