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The Six People Americans Now Trust More Than Their Pastor (2013)

Views on clergy honesty and ethics hit record low. However, Gallup still finds clergy rank No. 7 out of 22 professions.

Once again, Gallup has examined who Americans regard as the most honest and ethical person in their lives—and found that the answer is not their pastor, but their nurse or pharmacist.

In fact, recorded public trust in clergy has now reached ...

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Jeremy Weber

January 09, 2014  10:49am

Clark: Thanks for pointing out that mistake. Headline is now fixed.

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Clark Coleman

January 04, 2014  7:05pm

I notice that "headline writers who cannot perform simple arithmetic" was NOT a profession that ranked ahead of clergy. Yet, the "grade school teachers" who educated these headline writers are trusted more than clergy. Perhaps we should raise our standards for education.

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audrey ruth

December 23, 2013  4:14am

I'm surprised that even ordinary Americans (not specifically Christians) rated these six professions more trustworthy than clergy: nurses, pharmacists, grade school teachers, medical doctors, military officers, and police officers. I trust Bible-believing, Bible-preaching, humble, fair-minded pastors, but I do not trust pastors who do not believe and preach the Bible as it is written, nor do I trust pastors who are proud and arrogant, and do not treat everyone in the congregation as equals. Nor do I automatically trust people in those six professions. There are good and bad apples in every single one of those professions, and I've had much personal experience to validate that fact. Bottom line is the same as for pastors: Whether they are proud or humble, rely on God or rely on their own knowledge as though they are equal with God, and how they treat the people with whom they interact.

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December 20, 2013  4:56pm

I think in future rankings of professions that are trusted you should list pollsters. Increasingly it is becoming apparent that pollsters can manipulate their questions along with the type of people polled to get whatever result they choose to get. I would like to see CT do a thoughtful article on the use of polls to gather any information which we can rely on for something truthful. At this point most if not all polls are not worth a warm glass of spit.

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David Lloyd-Jones

December 20, 2013  4:47pm

Police officers??? That's insane. No cop can tell the color of a traffic light until he's decided who's jaywalking and who's not. The Nobel Prize for Fiction should be awarded collectively to all the witness stands in America where a cop has ever testified. -dlj.

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