Poll: Congress neck-and-neck with car salespeople, lobbyists for least honest
December 16th, 2013
03:28 PM ET
9 months ago

Poll: Congress neck-and-neck with car salespeople, lobbyists for least honest

(CNN) - Members of Congress are dueling it out with lobbyists and car salespeople as the least honest profession, according to new national survey.

A Gallup poll released Monday also indicates only 47% of Americans find clergy to be honest and ethical - the first time the rating has slipped below 50% since Gallup first asked about the clergy in 1977.

Only 8% of Americans rate Congress as having "high" or "very high" honesty and ethical standards. Lobbyists and car salespeople also polled in the single digits, at 6% and 9%, respectively.

Nurses, pharmacists and grade school teachers rank the highest. An overwhelming 82% of Americans rate nurses as having high standards of honesty. Pharmacists and grade school teachers both come in at 70%.

Medical doctors, military and police officers all ranked above 50%.

Gallup's survey of 1,031 respondents nationwide was conducted by telephone from Dec. 5-8, with a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Obama - Liar of the Year

    Well after Obama and the Democrats lied to the entire country, what do you expect? Now nobody trusts them or believes a word they say.

    December 16, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    The most dishonest people on earth are these Congress thugs from GOP cult. Uproot this evil from USA. God bless!!!

    December 16, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I wonder how they'd rate TV news broadcasters. Home contractors? Meat/Fish monger at local supermarket?

    December 16, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    People who talk and smile at the time rank at the bottom of my list. For example, Bill Kristol.

    December 16, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    47% for clergy? That should send a clear message to Rev. Huckabee that lying to make big money on Fox, may not get him the teavangelicals' vote. He should cancel his trip to Iowa.

    December 16, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. O'drama ya Mama

    Considering the fact that police are legally allowed to lie I would take another look at that poll lol

    December 16, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    Is this a surprise?

    December 16, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. ada ada

    interesting Omission by Gallup – Members of the WH Administration (they include Congress tho when it comes to Politics)

    December 16, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. Tampa Tim

    I trust my Ford salesman far more than any elected right wingnut.

    December 16, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Congress is as favorable to us as Adolf Hitler is.

    December 16, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Boomer in Mo

    It's an insult to used car salesmen everywhere.

    December 16, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. Obama - Liar of the Year

    ada ada
    interesting Omission by Gallup – Members of the WH Administration (they include Congress tho when it comes to Politics)
    -–

    Poll already out that says 52% of the American people don't think Obama is honest and trustworthy. Should be much higher.

    December 16, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Lying was invented to elect republicans. Other than lies, they got nothing.

    December 16, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Malory Archer

    ada ada

    interesting Omission by Gallup – Members of the WH Administration (they include Congress tho when it comes to Politics)

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You only want the WH's numbers included because they're five times higher than the rethugs, and including the WH in the numbers would increase the rethug number exponentially.

    December 16, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. Malory Archer

    Tampa Tim

    I trust my Ford salesman far more than any elected right wingnut.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If only they'd get rid of those christmas commercials with the obnoxious kids sitting on Santa's lap.

    December 16, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Obama – Liar of the Year
    ada ada
    interesting Omission by Gallup – Members of the WH Administration (they include Congress tho when it comes to Politics)
    -–

    Poll already out that says 52% of the American people don't think Obama is honest and trustworthy. Should be much higher.
    ---------------------------------------------–
    Regardless of the poll, I still trust the President over the lying GOP who promised us JOBS JOBS JOBS in 2010.

    December 16, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. HenryMiller

    @Gurgyl - "The most dishonest people on earth are these Congress thugs from GOP cult."

    Uh, it was the Dems who did all the lying about Obamacare, Benghazi, Fast'n'Furious...

    December 16, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Obama – Liar of the Year

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    Obama – Liar of the Year
    ada ada
    interesting Omission by Gallup – Members of the WH Administration (they include Congress tho when it comes to Politics)
    -–
    Poll already out that says 52% of the American people don't think Obama is honest and trustworthy. Should be much higher.
    ---------------–
    Regardless of the poll, I still trust the President over the lying GOP who promised us JOBS JOBS JOBS in 2010.
    ---

    They didn't promise jobs, jobs, jobs because according to VP Joe Biden, 2010 was the summer of recovery. Obama already spent a trillion dollars and we were all set. All was well. Problem solved.

    GOP was elected to stop Obama and the nutty Democrats from jammin gmore Obamacare type garbage down our throats. Looks like the American people were very very smart to do so. in 2014, the American people will punish the lying Democrats for their Obmacare treachery. 2010 times two.

    December 16, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    HenryMiller

    @Gurgyl – "The most dishonest people on earth are these Congress thugs from GOP cult."

    Uh, it was the Dems who did all the lying about Obamacare, Benghazi, Fast'n'Furious...
    -------------------------------
    Lying about Obamacare? Sarah Palin was the inaugural "Lie of the Year" winner because of her death panels. It was such a good lie that they actually invented an award to give to her.

    December 16, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Dead bear

    Can I tattoo the results of this poll to every GOP/Tea Party idiot's forehead? One would hope this might make them think twice before they start bragging about their "imminent" victory in the 2014 midterms, but that would be assuming that they ever think before they open their mouths...

    December 16, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. jinx9to88

    @ Obama – Liar of the Year
    Well after Obama and the Democrats lied to the entire country, what do you expect? Now nobody trusts them or believes a word they say.

    ---–

    Nice try!! I know the Wacko birds on the right don't like facts but at least I thought they could read. This article is about the Congress which is ran by the GOP!!!.

    December 16, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. loving it

    HenryMiller

    @Gurgyl – "The most dishonest people on earth are these Congress thugs from GOP cult."

    Uh, it was the Dems who did all the lying about Obamacare, Benghazi, Fast'n'Furious...

    Actually, it was the Repubs. And still is. (death panels, etc.)

    December 16, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. BLKvotingAmerican

    "Only 8% of Americans rate Congress as having "high" or "very high" honesty and ethical standards.".......Those must have all been repuks.

    December 16, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Newspaper reporters: 21%
    T.V. reporters: 20%
    And yet, here they are 24/7 telling people what to think and how to think.
    Both remarkable and unbelievable.

    December 16, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. Tampa Tim

    Liar of the year – If you go back and read your posts, you will begin to see why we think right wingnuts are brain dead.

    December 16, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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