Friday, December 30, 2005

Who Do Americans Trust?

Nurses. According to a Gallup poll done last month, 82% of Americans identify Nurses as being honest and ethical. This is in stark contrast to telemarketers, who received an approval rating of only 7%. Lawyers and politicians didn't fare well either, earning the trust of only 18% and 16% of the American public respectively.

At first, these numbers might seem astounding. How could one profession be identified as unethical and untrustworthy by 93% of the populace. However, if you think logically, it's impossible to deem telemarketers, as a group, trustworthy.

Journalists only got a 28% approval rating. I wonder what percentage of journalists polled gave their media colleagues favorable ratings?

3 Comments:

At 5:53 PM, Blogger Janet said...

So what is the percentage on doctors then? And does it depend on the type of doctor you are?

By the way, you know who also links to you know what...the site that contains the post about me. It's a small world after all.:)

 
At 9:35 PM, Blogger Mr. Snitch said...

Not having seen the poll, I'd wager nurses rank considerably higher than doctors. You can research the Bible on this, but it's also evident in daily life: People trust people they see serving them. Nurses are much more present and visible in their service than most doctors are.

Interesting here is the fact that, while 'politicians' as a whole get 16%, when one asks about local politicians by name, generally one gets a better response. "Politicians" get trashed, but "my representative" is generally seen as pretty OK. This is because the local pol's service is known. It's also because people may want to ask a favor of him/her in the future.

Happy New Year to you, and best of luck in 2006. I do hope you keep at it. I also hope you take to heart my previous pragmatic advice: White type on a light green background guarantees short visits from readers.

 
At 10:29 PM, Blogger Jack said...

Thanks Snitchster, but are you using a Mac? On every computer I've used it's DARK green background with white type. This is the case with internet explorer and firefox. Happy New Year.

- Jersey Perspective

 

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