A Gallup poll finds only 24 percent of Americans rate journalists’ honesty and ethical standards as very high or high, notes Grumpy Editor.
That puts journalists a notch below bankers who came in at 28 percent with a very high/high rating.
But the poll ranks journalists way above auto sales people, at the bottom of the list, with only 8 percent. (Gallup says “car sales people's perceived honesty has never climbed out of the single-digit range in the history of the list.”)
Second from the bottom is Congress with 10 percent
The survey also gives journalists a 45 percent rating as average in honesty and ethical standards, and 30 percent with very low/low marks.
Topping the honesty and ethical standards list are nurses with a hefty 85 percent ranking them very high/high.
Gallup points out other professions with high honesty ratings include pharmacists, medical doctors, engineers, dentists, police officers, college teachers and clergy.
Along with journalists, professions with honesty ratings below 25 percent include business executives, lawyers, insurance sales people, HMO managers, stockbrokers and advertising practitioners.