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Survey: Military more popular than teachers, doctors

Servicemembers are more popular than teachers and doctors -- but perceptions of all three have dropped since 2009.

The Pew Research Center released survey results Thursday that break down how 10 professions rank in terms of their contribution to society. The military is seen as one of the highest contributing professions.

A cool 78 percent of people surveyed believe the military contributes “a lot” to society, compared with 72 percent for teachers and 66 percent for doctors.

Other professions ranked – listed here from most to least contributing after the three mentioned - are: scientists, engineers, clergy, artists, journalists, business executives and lawyers.

Women edged out men in believing that servicemembers contribute a lot to society - but barely, especially when the margin of error, +/-2.1 percentage points, is taken into consideration. The biggest disparity across demographic groups came ideologically, with 86 percent of Republicans saying the military contributes a lot to society, compared with 75 percent of Democrats.

There has been a slight decline in the perception of how the military contributes to society, from 84 percent in 2009 to 78 percent in 2013.

But at least it’s not as bad as journalists – which has dropped 10 percent from 38 to 28. Yikes!

The full report from Pew Research Center is available here

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