A new poll has found that Americans hold an unfavorable view of the ethics and honesty of people who work primarily in media and politics.
Wednesday’s Gallup survey noted that five of the 22 occupations examined are in “New lows in public esteem”, showing significant declines in favorability compared to previous annual surveys.
Television reporters, for example, have seen their “Ethical review” – that is, how many people consider them to be “very” ethical and honest – down 23% to 14%, according to Gallup data. The judges also saw an impact in the public’s perception of their ethics, dropping five points to 38%.
“Americans are the most skeptical of the ethics of elected officials, especially at the federal level, as well as of the media,” notes the report.
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Journalists, members of the House and Senate, and members of the media score the lowest in the polls. Among these groups, print journalists received the highest ratings, with 39% seeing them as honest and ethical.
It may be low, but it is much higher than the opinion of members of Congress (9%) and lobbyists (5%). Car salespeople, like members of Congress and the media, also score less than 10 points, with just 8% of them seeing the profession as trustworthy.
Nurses lead the Gallup Honesty and Ethics poll, as they have for the past 20 years, with more than 80% saying they see the profession as honest and ethical in the poll. Doctors, military officers, pharmacists, and teachers followed, with more than six in 10 Americans viewing people in each profession favorably.
Politics played some role in how respondents viewed a handful of professions, including the media. Only 6% of Republicans said television reporters had high ethics, while that support rose to 24% among Democrats. The biggest difference in perception based on political affiliation is with police officers, with 71% of Republicans or right-wing respondents viewing the profession as very honest and ethical, and only 36% of Democrats or left-wing respondents agree. .
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