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Honesty: Americans Say Congress Just One Step Above Used Car Salesmen

by David Badash on December 3, 2012

in News,Politics

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Congress has earned the disdain of Americans, who rate “the honesty and ethical standards of its members” second-to-last, just one step above the bottom: car salespeople.

Members of Congress received a 10 percent honesty rating in a just-released Gallup survey “of the perceived honesty and ethical standards” of 22 professions, including nurses, the clergy, lawyers, and stockbrokers. the survey was taken last week, from November 26-29.

“Members of Congress have never fared well in the 36 years of these ratings,” Gallup notes. “The high point for congressmen and congresswomen came in November 2001, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when 25% of Americans rated their honesty and ethical standards as very high or high. Last year’s 7% honesty rating for members of Congress was the lowest on record.”

Car salespeople have been at the bottom of the list every year except 2011, when they tied members of Congress with a 7% honesty rating. Car salespeople’s perceived honesty has never climbed out of the single-digit range in the history of the list.

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Coxhere December 4, 2012 at 7:30 am

I looked for "preachers" and then saw "clergy" instead. It's way too high on the list. Some confuse "clerical" for "clergy" and that had to have happened here. "Preachers" would have been fighting it out for used car salesmen for last place. "Preachers" control Congress and therefore would be lower than politicians in the House of Representatives. Senators should be down there as well. The word,"clergy," is too glamorous and should be changed.

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