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Dynamic Chiropractic – January 29, 2007, Vol. 25, Issue 03

Gallup Poll: Americans Have Low Opinion of Chiropractors' Honesty and Ethics

Medical Doctors, Five Other Health Occupations Rate Higher

By Editorial Staff

Results of Gallup's latest poll on honesty and ethics by profession are in, and for the eighth consecutive year, nurses top the list by a definitive margin.

However, while 84% consider nurses' ethics "very high" or "high," only 36% feel the same way about chiropractors.

The poll, conducted Dec. 8-10, 2006, rated 23 occupations, including seven health care professions, with regard to their honesty and ethics. Poll respondents could choose from one of four options when assessing each profession's honesty/ethics: "very high," "high," "average" and "very low/low."

The majority of the health professions surveyed ranked high on the list: Druggists or pharmacists came in second, with 73% of respondents rating them "very high" or "high," followed by veterinarians (71%), medical doctors (69%), and dentists (62%). Among non-health-related occupations, engineers received the best ethics rating (61%), followed by college teachers (58%), clergy (58%) and policemen (54%).

image - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark If there's any remotely encouraging news - if you can call it that - about the latest Gallup poll, it's that the majority of those polled were fairly neutral when considering chiropractic ethics/honesty. Nearly 50 percent voted an "average" response, while only 10 percent voted "very low" or "low." Chiropractors did rank well ahead of 11 occupations rated in the poll; although 11 have had their professional eithics questioned in the past:

  • journalists (26% received a "very high" or "high" ethics rating);
  • state governors (22%);
  • business executives (18%);
  • lawyers (18%);
  • stockbrokers (17%);
  • senators (15%);
  • congressmen (14%);
  • insurance salesmen (13%);
  • HMO managers (12%);
  • advertising practitioners (11%);
  • car salesmen (7%).

Poll results are based on telephone interviews with 1,009 U.S. adults, with a maximum margin of sampling error of ± 3 percentage points.

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