Congress, Car Salespeople Rated Least Honest

What do Congressional representatives, car salespeople and advertising practitioners have in common? They're among the professions with the lowest perceived honesty rating, polling shows.

A newly released poll from the Gallup organization asked respondents to rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in various professions across 22 fields- ranging from medical practitioners to salespeople to elected representatives. While nurses, pharmacists and doctors topped the list as the most honest, members of Congress were at the bottom, with only 10 percent of respondents giving them "very high" or "high" marks. The only profession with a lower positive honesty rate? Car salespeople - only 8 percent of people rated their honesty standards are "very high" or high."

When it comes to ranking professions reversely- in order of the lowest perceived honesty and ethical standards, members of Congress took the top distinction. Some 54 percent of respondents said that they thought that the honesty standards for Congress members were "very low" or "low."

The numbers, though objectively poor, are not an all-time low. The record low came last year, when the field got only a 7 percent honesty rating.

Senators and state governors fared slightly better in the poll. About 14 percent of people said that they would rate the honesty and ethical standards of Senators as "very high" or "high" and 20 percent gave the same ratings to state governors.

The highest honesty rating went to nurses - 85 percent of those surveyed gave high marks for honesty to nurses, while only 3 percent gave them low marks. Pharmacists, doctors, dentists and engineers also did well in the survey.

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