Americans’ Views on Physicians by the Numbers

Sydney Jennings

Associate Editor of Patient Care Online

The majority of Americans have a positive view of physicians but mistrust and other issues linger, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. 

A majority of US adults (74%) have a positive view of physicians, however, mistrust remains an issue according to a recent Pew Research Center survey of Americans aged ≥18 years. Over 4000 adults were surveyed to explore the public's trust in scientists who work in either the medical, nutritional, or environmental field. In the slideshow below, we highlight data from the survey subset (2238) of adults who answered a series of questions specifically regarding their views of medical doctors; topics ranged from professional misconduct to quality of treatment recommendations. Scroll through for a look into the public's perception of physicians by-the-numbers.