Poll: Congress neck-and-neck with car salespeople, lobbyists for least honest
December 16th, 2013
03:28 PM ET
9 years 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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  1. loving it

    Obama – Liar of the Year

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

    So 48% think he is honest and trustworthy. About 6 times think it of Congress.

    "They didn't promise jobs, jobs, jobs."

    You have a bad case of revisionist history.

    "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."

    Ignoring Obama's re-election in 2012? Seems like every time the right declares an election, a "referendum on Obamacare" 1) You lose. 2) You ignore the loss like it never happened.

    BTW –

    "Obama – Liar of the Year"

    Hopefully you understand the difference between a poll where random people are contacted, and an internet poll like this one, where anyone who hears about it can vote, usually more than once. The results of those polls are pretty much skewed by who gets the word out to others to vote.

    Just ask my friends adorable dog, who came in 3rd in a "cutest dog in Arizona" poll. The dog IS adorable, but I doubt the 175K votes she got came from people who actually saw the dog. Praise be to facebook!

    December 16, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. tom l

    "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."


    Remember when you told me, quite angrily, that you don't call others names when I said I hope you don't have kids? You told me to put up or shut up. I have put up. Again, I really hope that you don't have children. Namecalling due to the fact that someone has a difference of opinion is no way to state your point. It is a terrible lesson to teach your kids. I really hope you don't have any because all you would be doing is raising someone who is not tolerant of other's viewpoints. Clearly, liberals have no sense of self awareness.

    December 16, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. smith

    Both the dems and gop lie and they are both in the pockets of special interest groups. To all the liberals who keep bringing up GWB and Iraq, Gulf of Tonkin(lie) and the Vietnam war ring a bell. The dems involved the US in that war which cost the lives of over 58,000 military personnel.

    December 16, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. T

    ...Tea Party Congress.......the very WORST EVER............Nearly ZERO HELP TO OUR COUNTRY.................

    December 16, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Ol' Yeller

    I put these poll results right up there with the 'Romney will win by a landslide' polls that FAUX news hung there hat on the last Presidential election. These polls will change just like the wind changes all of the time. You will always have 35-38% of the people who would not like Obama no matter what he did, said, signed, vetoed, etc...
    I'm pretty sure the media's coverage of the 'Lie of the Year' did not help, but what can you expect from a librul, left wing, lamestream media, who are all completely in the tank for Obama... wait... DOH!
    The righties crack me up... if they were consistent, they would not believe this poll since it came from the left wing media (the one they invented on one of their kajillion right wing media outlets), however since it can be condstrued as negative towards the black President, well then.... it is the Gawd's truth!
    Only consistent in their hatred and hypocrisy...

    December 16, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Don in albuquerque

    Oh, I think we should take anything a poll says to the bank. MittWitt did, and all those who thought he was just going to sail to victory, and we could all go live in Disneyland.

    December 16, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    I know what I am talking to, I do not have to respond to the idiots like Henry, because they are living in either Asheville mountains or Colorado remote area with no, NO education. GOP is a cult, they darn we'll know. Bush WMD they know, Haliburton loot, they know, Iran-contra affairs, they know, death panel, know. I am a very educated, these are not.

    December 16, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Why is tom I allowed to stalk other posters? He's allowed to stalk one person for days on end and then jumps on to another for days on end.

    December 16, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    The falling poll numbers coincide with the rise of the Tea Party movement.

    December 16, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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