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Survey shows we trust nurses - not so much car salesmen

NURSES are the most honest and ethical people we know, according to a recent survey. Car salesman, however, are at the other end of the scale.

Pharmacists and doctors aren't too far behind them, followed by High Court judges, dentists and teachers.

At the other end of the scale, car salesmen, advertising agents and real estate people are rated the least trustworthy, with the car salesmen at the very bottom.

It's the twentieth year in a row that nurses have topped the table, increasing their approval from last year's 90% to 91%.

Of all 30 professions surveyed in 2014 a majority, 17, decreased in regard to ethics and honesty while 10  professions increased and only three professions were unchanged.

Other professions that also gained high ratings for ethics and honesty in 2014, included doctors (86%, down 2%), pharmacists (86%, up 2%), dentists (74%, unchanged), High Court judges (74%, up 1%),  engineers (72%, down 4%), school teachers (72%, down 4%), police (71%, up 2%) - the highest ever rating for police - and State Supreme Court Judges (70%, unchanged).

Among the biggest losers were ministers of religion (37%, down 7%) recording their lowest ever rating for ethics and honesty since being included on the survey in 1996, business executives (18%, down 4%), union leaders (12%, down 3%) - their lowest rating since 2002 -  and real estate agents (9%, down 3%).

Federal MPs (12%, down 2%) and state MPs (12%, down 1%) both lost ground since last year.

Car salesmen rated 3%, down 1%  - maintaining the position they've held at the bottom of the table they have held for more than 30 years.

Historically among the less trusted professions, TV reporters, newspaper journalists and talk-back radio announcers continue to receive poor ratings.

While TV reporters have remained steady since last year, with less than one in five Aussies (18%) rating them favourably for ethics and honesty, newspaper journalists and talk-back announcers have each fallen slightly in the public's estimation, from 19% to 18% and 16% to 15% respectively.



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