Whom do people trust?
■ An occasional snapshot of current facts and trends in medicine.
Quick View. Posted Jan. 2, 2006
Physicians rank No. 3 on a recently released Gallup list looking at how Americans view the honesty and ethics of certain professions.
Physicians' reputations have improved over the years, with more members of the public giving them a "very high" or "high" rating. On average, 65% of people polled between 2000 and 2005 rated doctors in one of those two categories for their honesty and ethics, compared with 54% who gave them that rating between 1976 to 1999. Nurses captured the top spot for the fifth time in six years. Members of Congress didn't fare as well, but did rank higher than telemarketers.
Source: The Gallup Poll