US poll: Congressmen least honest

Press TV – December 4, 2010

The most recent Gallup poll has asked Americans about what kind of professionals they think are the most honest and ethical.

The survey shows that US Congressmen, car salesmen and lobbyists are seen as the least honest and most unethical people in America today, according to AFP.

57 percent of those surveyed also rate the ethical standards of Congressmen as low to very low.

Meanwhile, only nine percent think highly of US lawmakers.

Members of Congress’ ratings have never been high, but their recent ratings rank among the worst in the more than 30-year history of Gallup’s honesty and ethics question.

Honesty and ethical ratings of the clergy remain very low, compared with what they were prior to the Catholic priest sex-abuse revelations in the early 2000s.

Gallup has conducted the annual study since 1991.

Nurses continue to top the list, with 81 percent of those surveyed giving them a very high ethics rating.

The consistently most positively rated professions, including nurses and pharmacists, have generally been able to avoid widespread scandals and, as such, Americans continue to hold them in the highest regard.

Survey results are based on telephone interviews with 1,000 adults.

Nurses were first included in the Gallup poll in 1999 and have received the highest ranking every year except 2001, when firefighters took first place.



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