Clergy ranked seventh in an annual survey on honesty and ethical standards of certain professions, ahead of judges, day-care providers and bankers but behind police, doctors and military officers.
This year’s Gallup survey found Americans in general giving higher marks to public service professions and lowest ratings to professions related to business, politics and media.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />
Nurses topped the list, with 79 percent giving either high or very high rankings for ethics and honesty.
Grade-school teachers came in second with 73 percent. It is the first time that grade school teachers have been rated separately from high school teachers. Two years ago <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Gallup asked about high school teachers in isolation, and they received a 64 percent rating. The pollster said the difference suggests that people have a higher opinion of teachers who work with lower grades.
Pharmacists and military officers tied at third with 72 percent, followed by medical doctors (67 percent) and policemen (60 percent).
Clergy received a 56 percent ranking, same as last year, ahead of judges (53 percent) and day-care providers (49 percent).
From there ratings dropped off significantly, to bankers (36 percent), auto mechanics and local officeholders (26 percent each) and nursing home operators and state officeholders (24 percent each.)
The annual ranking does not list the same professions every year. The relatively low rankings of state and local politicians are about where senators and governors have scored in recent years.
The media also ranked low, with TV reporters at No. 15 (23 percent), followed by newspaper reporters with 21 percent.
Rounding out the list were business executives and congressmen (20 percent), lawyers (18 percent), advertising practitioners (10 percent) and car salesmen (9 percent).