In This Age of Fake News, Trust Is Everything
Here is some information for a person who works in a profession that is at the bottom of the ethical standard in America. Advertising practitioners just barely edge out used car salespeople and members of Congress.
Gallup annually takes a pulse of the most trusted professions in America. Gallup also asked U.S. adults which institutions they trust the most. Surprisingly, the military is at the top, followed by my favorite group, small business.
The professions that have the highest honesty and ethical standards are:
- Military officers
- Grade school teachers
- Medical doctors
You can tell from that list that the U.S. is getting older, with 3 of the top 5 medically related. According to Gallup, “More than 8 in 10 Americans describe nurses’ ethics as “very high” or “high.” In contrast, about 6 in 10 Americans rate members of Congress and lobbyists as “very low” or “low” when it comes to honesty and ethical standards.
So instead of picking that crazy celebrity, select a military officer nurse who teaches grade school kids about medicine and pharmaceuticals. Seriously, a celebrity compared to a nurse? There’s no question who America believes and trusts.