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Clergy fall in public perception of ethics

Clergy fall in public perception of ethics

The Gallup Poll notes that clergy have fallen in the Honesty and Ethics ratings.

Americans’ rating of the honesty and ethics of the clergy has fallen to 47%, the first time this rating has dropped below 50% since Gallup first asked about the clergy in 1977. Clergy have historically ranked near the top among professions on this measure, hitting a high rating of 67% in 1985.

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If views of a certain profession have changed, it usually has been a function of scandal surrounding it. The Catholic priest abuse stories from the early 2000s helped lead to a sharp drop in Americans’ ratings of clergy, a decline from which the profession has yet to fully recover.

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Paul Woodrum

Wow! Physicians rank 16 points below the nurses they boss. Nobody likes Congress but as folks continue to like their local congress person who's not responsible for all the current nonsense not much is likely to change. And isn't it nice to live in a country where the police are so respected?

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Peter Pearson

We are so consumed by and impressed with our opinions of others. I wonder where the public would put itself on this list?

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DruidThaxted

At least the clergy beat out the congress, btw has congress seen this it sould scare them with elections looming. Merry Christmas to my friends at the Cafe... Jesse Snider

Tampa, Florida.

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