For the ninth time in a row, the general public trusts pharmacists more than clergy members, cops, doctors, and anyone else put into 25 other professional categories by Gallup pollsters. Rating 26 professions by their "honesty and ethical standards" as either very high, high, average, low, or very low, a 69% score combining the very high and high responses put pharmacists over the top for the ninth straight year that Gallup has conducted this annual poll. The streak triples a three-year No. 1 run the clergy held in the early '80s.
For the 1997 poll, the clergy did nip pharmacists in the "very high" category by 17% to 16% of respondents, but pharmacists came back to top the clergy 53% to 42% in the "high" category to capture the overall title.
Overall in the poll, doctors finished third, followed by college teachers and dentists to round out the top five. Public opinion pollsters finished 10th in the survey, and people who write publications such as this - journalists - finished 11th. Senators, congressmen, and insurance salesmen were among the bottom five. Dead last at 26th? You guessed it, car salesmen.