The Gallup Poll's annual ranking of public perceptions of the honesty and ethics of various professions found that accountants rank below funeral directors, but above journalists.

At the top of the list were nurses, whose honesty and ethics are rated as high or very high by 84 percent of Americans. In contrast, the ethics and honesty of accountants are ranked as high or very high by only 38 percent of those polled. "While fewer than half of Americans consider funeral directors or accountants to be highly ethical, these professions are much more likely to be viewed positively than negatively," wrote Gallup Poll senior editor Lydia Saad.

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