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GALLUP POLL SHOWS CONGRESS TO BE LEAST TRUSTED OCCUPATION


Health Care Workers Are Most Trusted Americans, Members of Congress Are Least Trusted, Says Gallup Poll
Thursday, December 10, 2009
By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief




(CNSNews.com) - Doctors, pharmacists and nurses are the most trusted people in America and Members of Congress are the least trusted, according to a new Gallup poll completed as Congress is debating a bill that would restructure the U.S. health care system and give people in government vastly more power over health-care professionals.

Members of Congress and car salesmen belong to the only two professions included in the poll that a majority of Americans rate as having “low” or “very low” honesty and ethical standards.

Journalists, advertising practitioners and lawyers, among other professions, out-rank Members of Congress for honesty and ethical standards, according to Gallup’s data, although Americans do not rate the honesty and ethical standards of journalists, advertising practitioners and lawyers nearly as highly as the honesty and ethical standards of those in the health-care professions.

Gallup asked 1,017 American adults the following question: “Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields—very high, high, average, low or very low?” The survey takers then read the respondents a list of 22 different professions.

Nurses were by far the most esteemed. Eighty-three percent of Americans rated them as either “very high” or “high” for honesty and ethical standards. Pharmacists ranked second, narrowly edging out doctors, with 66% rating pharmacists “very high” or “high” for honesty and ethical standards and 65% giving doctors those high ratings.

Policemen (63%), engineers (62%) and dentists (57%) ranked fourth, fifth and sixth for the percentage of Americans giving them “high” or “very high” ratings for their honesty and ethics.

When the professions included in the poll are ranked by the percentage of Americans who give its practitioners a “low” or “very low” rating for their honesty and ethical standards, Members of Congress win. Fifty-five percent gave Members of Congress a low or very low rating for honesty and ethical standards. Car salesman placed second with 51% giving them a low or very low rating. Senators—who were rated separately from Members of Congress—placed third, with 49% giving them a low or very low rating.

Forty percent rated the honesty and ethical standards of lawyers as low or very low, while 38% gave advertising practitioners low or very low ratings, and 31% gave journalists low or very low ratings.

Unlike nurses, pharmacists and doctors, one element of the health care industry did rate very poorly. Forty-three percent of Americans rated the honesty and ethical standards of HMO managers as low or very low. That put HMO managers in fifth place on the least-trusted list, after Members of Congress (55%), car salesmen (51%), senators (49%) and stockbrokers (46%).

Insurance salesman did poorly also, placing sixth on the least-trusted list with 42% of Americans rating their honesty and ethical standards as low or very low.

In its analysis of the poll, Gallup said that public disregard for the honesty and ethical standards of Members of Congress is now at an all-time high. “Congress has long ranked among the worst-rated professions on Gallup's annual Honesty and Ethics of Professions list,” said the analysis. “Now, it has earned the unwelcome distinction of having a majority of Americans rate its integrity as low or very low.”

Here are the 22 professions included in the Gallup poll ranked by the percentage of Americans who gave its practitioners a “low” or “very low” rating for honesty and ethical standards:

1. Members of Congress (55%)
2. Car salesman (51%)
3. Senators (49%)
4. Stockbrokers (46%)
5. HMO Managers (43%)
6. Insurance salesmen (42%)
7. Lawyers (40%)
8. Advertising practitioners (38%)
9. Business executives (38%)
10. State governors (35%)
11. Bankers (33%)
12. Journalists (31%)
13. Psychiatrists (15%)
14. Chiropractors (12%)
15. College teachers (11%)
16. Clergy (10%)
17. Policemen (10%)
18. Dentists (7%)
19. Medical doctors (7%)
20. Pharmacists (5%)
21. Engineers (4%)
22. Nurses (2%)

Here are the 22 professions included in the Gallup poll ranked by the percentage of Americans who gave its practitioners a “high” or “very high” rating for honesty and ethical standards:

1. Nurses (83%)
2. Pharmacists (66%)
3. Medical doctors (65%)
4. Policemen (63%)
5. Engineers (62%)
6. Dentists (57%)
7. College teachers (54%)
8. Clergy (50%)
9. Chiropractors (34%)
10. Psychiatrists (33%)
11. Journalists (23%)
12. Bankers (19%)
13. State governors (15%)
14. Lawyers (13%)
15. Business executives (12%)
16. Advertising practitioners (11%)
17. Senators (11%)
18. Insurance salesmen (10%)
19. Stockbrokers (9%)
20. Members of Congress (9%)
21. HMO managers (8%)
22. Car salesmen (6%)

To see Gallup’s analysis of its "Honesty and Ethics of Professions" poll go here.

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  • AL 2009/12/12 21:54:17 (edited)
    AL
    +1
    any time you get less respect then Used Car dealers or Lawyers you have to know you're in real trouble with the voters back home!
  • doofiegirl BTO-t- BCRA-F ~... 2009/12/12 02:14:18
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    +1
    The only thing I'd change here in the least trusted area, is that I would put the media directly under the politicians ; and in the most trusted, I'd put my Doctor first and tie him with my Pharmacist. Then in second place, I'd put policemen. That's just my opinion of the people I know.
  • SCOOP--... doofieg... 2009/12/12 02:15:10
    SCOOP--RIP, MY DEAR MAX
    +1
    I pretty much feel the same way.
  • doofieg... SCOOP--... 2009/12/12 02:18:00
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    +1
    For some reason, I find we usually do think alike. Scarey, isn't it? LOL
  • SCOOP--... doofieg... 2009/12/12 02:28:41
    SCOOP--RIP, MY DEAR MAX
    Yes, it sorta is. I have the same thing going on with my BFF Lin. We finish one another's sentences. It is a good scary thing though.
  • doofieg... SCOOP--... 2009/12/12 02:58:08
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    +1
    LOL! When we start that. sodahead ought to Pop!
  • chaoskitty123 2009/12/11 21:55:35
    chaoskitty123
    +1
    Pharmacists shouldn't rank so highly nor doctors. The reason you have to see a second or third doctors for an opinion is that the piecemeal payment process leads many doctores to use outdates, less efficient and more costly procedures because they are paid part of the amount they charge you. The reason you have to see a second or third doctor is by the time you reach the third one, that doctor realises that you are aware something is wrong that the previous doctors failed to find and will use the most up to date and low cost options to stop you from seeking another doctor and keep you as a patient.

    One of the biggest scams pharmacists pull is label switching where they actually place a prescription label on an over the counter drug they charge you ten times the over the counter price for. Sometimes, if you know your meds, you will find that they actually put over the counter drugs in prescription bottles. I have found them pulling both stunts and informed friends and relatives who all caught the pharmacists doing things like this.

    Sting operations have found numerous pharmacists working with destitute people who go to doctors, get prescriptions filled and then resell the drugs back to the pharmacist for pennies on the dollar.

    Nurses I will agree with to be the most trusted....

    Pharmacists shouldn't rank so highly nor doctors. The reason you have to see a second or third doctors for an opinion is that the piecemeal payment process leads many doctores to use outdates, less efficient and more costly procedures because they are paid part of the amount they charge you. The reason you have to see a second or third doctor is by the time you reach the third one, that doctor realises that you are aware something is wrong that the previous doctors failed to find and will use the most up to date and low cost options to stop you from seeking another doctor and keep you as a patient.

    One of the biggest scams pharmacists pull is label switching where they actually place a prescription label on an over the counter drug they charge you ten times the over the counter price for. Sometimes, if you know your meds, you will find that they actually put over the counter drugs in prescription bottles. I have found them pulling both stunts and informed friends and relatives who all caught the pharmacists doing things like this.

    Sting operations have found numerous pharmacists working with destitute people who go to doctors, get prescriptions filled and then resell the drugs back to the pharmacist for pennies on the dollar.

    Nurses I will agree with to be the most trusted... but if people rate doctors and pharmacists this high, it's very clear they need to stop debating health care because they haven't got a clue to how shady and corrupt these people truly are.

    Journalists and psychiatrists likewise rank way too high while car salesmen are getting a bum rap if they rank lower than Congress.
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  • reelman 2009/12/11 21:50:57
    reelman
    +1
    LYING: HOW MUCH CAN YOU STAND?
    “Conservatism solves problems. Liberalism blows ‘em up and amplifies ‘em in the name of fixing them. So once you accept that every liberal politician in Washington or your state capital or on your city town council is a liberal and therefore is a liar, then the rest is easy. You simply don’t believe anything they say and you will be right.” RL, Dec09
    =====
    The toughest part of politics these days is having the secular socialist party members boldly calmly lie. They distort and lie as easy as you snap your fingers. Historical fact is ignored. Economic law is ignored. Your eyes are ignored. Your instinctive common sense is aghast.
    Data not fitting their agenda is ignored. Experience is ignored. The will of the people via dozens of polls for months is ignored.
    The lamestream diaper-changing media strains their brains to continue defending fantasy statements. The 15% approval congress (for years) ignores the worried jobless voters as it piles up more debt in 2009 than the previous eight combined while it continues its lies… continues private closed meetings pushing huge bills the taxpayers are discouraged from reading…continues running for microphones and refusing questions while spouting lies when nearly 20% of our people are in serious financial di...




    LYING: HOW MUCH CAN YOU STAND?
    “Conservatism solves problems. Liberalism blows ‘em up and amplifies ‘em in the name of fixing them. So once you accept that every liberal politician in Washington or your state capital or on your city town council is a liberal and therefore is a liar, then the rest is easy. You simply don’t believe anything they say and you will be right.” RL, Dec09
    =====
    The toughest part of politics these days is having the secular socialist party members boldly calmly lie. They distort and lie as easy as you snap your fingers. Historical fact is ignored. Economic law is ignored. Your eyes are ignored. Your instinctive common sense is aghast.
    Data not fitting their agenda is ignored. Experience is ignored. The will of the people via dozens of polls for months is ignored.
    The lamestream diaper-changing media strains their brains to continue defending fantasy statements. The 15% approval congress (for years) ignores the worried jobless voters as it piles up more debt in 2009 than the previous eight combined while it continues its lies… continues private closed meetings pushing huge bills the taxpayers are discouraged from reading…continues running for microphones and refusing questions while spouting lies when nearly 20% of our people are in serious financial difficulty.
    Almost daily our pompous blame-shifting POTUS confidently shoots us line after line of pure socialist baloney coated in lies for the gullible. Only the red chinese dare to bring the socialists back to fiscal reality. Go figure that one.
    Its always the economy and foreign policy that doom the modern democrats because their religion is secular socialist pacifism.
    Remember the socialist party has run (controlled spending) congress since Jan. 2007…notice this is also ignored.
    What will become of America if many these arrogant lying sleazy thugs are not sent home next year?
    http://conservablogs.com/thec...
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  • chaoski... reelman 2009/12/11 22:18:17
    chaoskitty123
    +1
    I think that if you look at the Liberals and the fact most are becoming Moderates and Conservatives who aren't joining Independent parties that they are waking up to the fact that Socialists have taken over their ideology. They do not know their history or how the old American Socialist Party dissolved itself into the Democratic Party and began calling themselves Liberals. At one time, the Democrats did believe Socialism was progressive but by the 70's that came to an end. Unfortunately, they didn't know nor understand what had taken place in the late 60's and many didn't even know the old American Socialist Party even existed.

    Today, things have gone so wrong over the past year that real Liberals can't say or do anything to criticize this administration without being attacked as racists and haters like everyone else plus being called traitors. With the opposition attacking Obama as a Socialist, an increasing number of Socialist Democrats are becoming bold enough to openly tell you they are Socialists instead of Liberals and they are revealing that all the accusations made against them for the past 40 years are true. They do in fact want to do away with all political parties other than the Democrats. They do want to do away with all ideologies other than Liberals, Progressives ...





    I think that if you look at the Liberals and the fact most are becoming Moderates and Conservatives who aren't joining Independent parties that they are waking up to the fact that Socialists have taken over their ideology. They do not know their history or how the old American Socialist Party dissolved itself into the Democratic Party and began calling themselves Liberals. At one time, the Democrats did believe Socialism was progressive but by the 70's that came to an end. Unfortunately, they didn't know nor understand what had taken place in the late 60's and many didn't even know the old American Socialist Party even existed.

    Today, things have gone so wrong over the past year that real Liberals can't say or do anything to criticize this administration without being attacked as racists and haters like everyone else plus being called traitors. With the opposition attacking Obama as a Socialist, an increasing number of Socialist Democrats are becoming bold enough to openly tell you they are Socialists instead of Liberals and they are revealing that all the accusations made against them for the past 40 years are true. They do in fact want to do away with all political parties other than the Democrats. They do want to do away with all ideologies other than Liberals, Progressives and Socialists. Their hate and distortions of history seem almost like what we saw the Communists doing in Russia and China before so many tens of millions died as a result that it put Hitler and the Nazi's to shame leading to Democratic revolutions.

    Don't make the mistake of assuming the Liberals are all Socialists as they aren't. Just as many Republicans woke up too late to the Neocons, the Liberals are waking up to the Socialists among them. The reason they represent only 20% of Americans is because the real Liberals are becoming Moderates and Conservatives while some among them are finding their voices to openly attack Socialists they see voicing openly what Liberals have been denying for decades... because Liberals didn't know they had been infiltrated and with Obama as President giving the Socialists courage... they are finding out the hard way that what has been said is true.

    Liberalism and Conservatism work well balanced against one another. I would not want either ideology to disappear or be so totally overtaken by false dogma from ideological infiltrators that they cease to exist. Moderates have their role to play in the middle ground as Moderates in each party are more willing to work across party lines resolving issues rather than taking one side against the other from an opposing point of view. Socialists, however, have no redeeming qualities in a Capitalist society beyond to exploit, divide and inflict misery unnecessarily hoping to seize power using our weakness against us. Russia and China have both embraced Capitalism and their weakness has been the specter of Socialism they cannot fully escape from.

    I have many Liberal and Conservative friends as well as a growing number of Moderate friends who used to be Con's and Lib's. I have no Socialist friends because their ideals are too extreme and unyielding with no concern for truth or doing what's best for our peoples beyond wanting absolute control over everything so that instead of freedom to say how badly Congress has done... we can't criticize them at all. That's what is behind all this bs about Obama where no matter what you say criticizing him for lost jobs and so forth, their first response is to call you a racist and a hater. But should you challenge them when nothing you said is any different than what you would say if Obama were white, they back down admitting this is true and that they can't prove any racism or hate... but there must be something there because they can't accept that people are criticizing Obama simply because he's proven a poor leader. Socialists act this way and it takes almost a complete breakdown of the system to where the military controls our streets and people are being executed in front of us before Socialists finally realize everything they believed in was a lie. Liberals aren't that way but they have been beguiled and misled by Socialists in their midst they allowed themselves to be blind to... but the thing about being blind is sometimes your eyes cannot see and at other times you only need to remove your hand from in front of your face to see what's right in front of you.
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  • AV 2009/12/11 20:21:18
    AV
    +1
    “The truth is, that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.” -----James Madison

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