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Survey: Americans hold military in highest esteeen, clergy in middle, lawyers at bottom

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  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    July 13, 2013 11:34 a.m.

    This article could just as honestly been titled, "All evidence to the contrary, Americans do actually care about the men and women who do the jobs most of them would never do--namely teaching our entitled kids or putting in a few years of service to our country."
    It's much easier to SAY that you appreciate what the military does to protect our nation than it is to actually serve yourself. If you don't like the idea of potentially hurting others or getting injured yourself, why not try the Peace Corps or Green Peace? Even better--if you can't find a way to serve in some way, how about demanding of your elected officials, that returning veterans should receive the medical and mental health screenings they need without delay? Being at the top of a poll or hearing someone say, "Preshiate cher service" while standing in line at Costco is all fine and well, but actions speak much louder than catch phrases or survey poll numbers.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    July 13, 2013 11:38 a.m.

    I am glad I rank well above clergy in two categories!

  • Wastintime Los Angeles, CA
    July 13, 2013 3:03 p.m.

    A more accurate description of the Pew Survey would be a majority view military, teachers, scientists, medical doctors and engineers as contributing "a lot" to society while fewer feel clergy, artists, journalists business executives and lawyers contribute "a lot" to society. There is a wide margin in ratings between the first group and the second group.

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    July 13, 2013 3:25 p.m.

    Legislators get an even lower rating than anyone on this charge, if most reports are correct. Let's dump our current set of legislators, state and federal, next election.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    July 13, 2013 3:31 p.m.

    The lawyers will surely sue over this horrible defamation of their profession.

    Or, maybe they were ranked as high as they were for fear of such a suit.

  • Californian#1@94131 San Francisco, CA
    July 13, 2013 5:52 p.m.

    "...journalists, business executives and lawyers are at the bottom of the list."

    No foolin'!!!

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    July 13, 2013 6:25 p.m.

    "...journalists, business executives and lawyers are at the bottom of the list."

    I know of some Churches where these and the "clergy" are all the same people.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    July 13, 2013 10:38 p.m.

    Business executives and lawyers are, as a class, rich self-promoters. Teachers are poorly paid and generally selfless. Deep down, we all know who is the more worthy of our respect. And I speak as a business person.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    July 14, 2013 8:08 a.m.

    As it should be, As it should be!

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    July 14, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    I am not convinced that lawyers deserve such a bad rap. Many have the difficult job of defending people accused of heinous crimes. Journalist's can be biased, unethical, and promote a political agenda. Business executives are grossly overcompensated and have big egos. Many think nothing of laying off employees and leaving with a generous severance package that would be enough to provide a generous retirement for rank and file workers.

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    July 14, 2013 12:03 p.m.

    Would I fall under "scientist" as a nurse? Where could I be affiliated?

  • ArgoFY Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 14, 2013 1:16 p.m.

    Nice to see that the profession I'm associated with was ranked the highest. Military personnel put in extremely long hours for relatively little pay. It's also interesting to note that one-percent or less of all Americans wear, have worn, or will ever wear a military uniform. Probably why soldiers often refer to themselves as the "real one-percenters."

    Conversely, I had a law professor once tell me that lawyers are either "the social engineers of a generation, or a drain on society." With more lawyers than ever before, it's easy to see how the latter categorization is the dominant paradigm in most Americans' minds.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    July 14, 2013 5:09 p.m.

    Conversely --

    'Americans pay lawyers the highest, clergy in middle, and the military at bottom’

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    July 14, 2013 10:18 p.m.

    All this shows is that the American public shouldn't be trusted.

  • theDailyObserver Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 15, 2013 1:06 p.m.

    @LDS Liberal:

    'Americans pay lawyers the highest, clergy in middle, and the military at bottom’

    Just a reflection of Americans' sue happy values. "Ouch! My coffee is too hot! And fast food made me fat!"

  • ? SLC, UT
    July 17, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    Yes Scientist, and in some of these same churches you will also find clergy who are military service members, teachers, doctors, scientists, or engineers. Likewise in military service you have lawyers (JAG), journalists (public affairs), business executives could be anything, and chaplains. Military service members can also be teachers, doctors, scientists, and engineers. Not only do these clergy members put in many hours to support themselves and their families, but they also put in many hours to serve others.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    July 17, 2013 2:20 p.m.

    ? from SLC, UT wrote:

    "Yes Scientist, and in some of these same churches...yada yada..."

    Your comment is irrelevant. According to this poll, Churches with a combination of journalists, business executives and lawyers in their clergy "are at the bottom of the list."