Bankers were ranked behind various medical professionals, college teachers and clergy members in terms of honesty and ethical standards, according to a recent poll conducted by Gallup. Nearly a quarter of Americans (24 percent) said bankers have very high or high ethical standards, while 46 percent rated them as “average.”
Bankers ranked ahead of journalists, lawyers, state governors and business executives in the poll, among others. Earning the highest scores for ethics and honesty were nurses (with 84 percent achieving a “very high or high” ranking), pharmacists (67 percent) and medical doctors (65 percent). Respondents ranked members of Congress the lowest, with 59 percent rating them as having “very low or low” honesty and ethical standards.