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The poll, "U.S. Views on Honesty and Ethical Standards in Professions," revealed only 21 percent of those queried said newspaper reporters boasted high honesty and ethical standards, the same percentage scored by attorneys. Television journalists were close behind, with only 20 percent of those polled concluding they were honest and ethical. In contrast, nurses received an 82 percent favorable rating.
One Poynter faculty ethicist suggested popular opinion was shaped somewhat by the portrayal of journalists in entertainment as smarmy and unethical. All told, over the past 40 years, roughly one-third of the public participating in the Gallup poll found journalists of high honesty and ethical character.
Math is not the strong suit of the pristine staff of "TUOL," but as a journalist and an attorney, will assume 42 percent of the public holds us in high regard.