Americans have a negative view of the ethics and honesty of those who work primarily in the media and politics, a new poll finds.
Gallup’s survey on Wednesday noted that five of the 22 occupations surveyed found themselves in “A New Low in Public Respect”, Compared to past annual polls, approval ratings have dropped significantly.
For example, TV reporters have seen their “Ethical Rating” – Indicate how many people see them as “high” Ethics and Honesty – Down from 23% to 14%, according to Gallup. Judges also saw a hit to public perceptions of their ethics, down 5 points to 38%.
“Americans are most suspicious of the ethics of elected officials, especially at the federal level, and the media,” The report pointed out.
Journalists, members of the Senate and House of Representatives and members of the media scored the lowest in the polls. Of these groups, newspaper reporters scored the highest, with 39 percent saying they were honest and ethical.
That may be low, but it is well above the views of MPs (9%) and lobbyists (5%). Along with MPs and the media, car salespeople scored below 10, with only 8 percent saying the profession was trustworthy.
Nurses have led Gallup’s honesty and ethics poll for 20 years, and more than 80 percent said they thought the profession was honest and ethical in the survey. They were followed by doctors, military officers, pharmacists and teachers, with more than 6 in 10 Americans rating people in each occupation well.
Politics played a role in how respondents viewed a handful of occupations, including media. Just 6 percent of Republicans said TV journalists have a high work ethic, while Democrats jumped to 24 percent. The biggest difference in perception based on political affiliation came down to police, with 71% of Republicans or right-leaning respondents seeing the profession as very honest and ethical, while only 36% of Democrats or left-leaning respondents agreed.
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