Even car salesmen more trusted than Congress in US, finds poll
Americans' opinion about congressional honesty has improved over the past year, but lawmakers are still more distrusted than car salesmen, a new poll has found.
According to the Gallup Poll, more than half of Americans, 54 percent, have a low or very low opinion of congressional honesty and ethics.
That has, however, improved from 2011, when 64 percent had a low or very low opinion.
The poll found that 10 percent had a high or very high opinion of congressional trustworthiness, up from 7 percent a year ago.
The only similarly distrusted profession is used car salesmen, with only eight percent Americans trusting them, and 49 percent do not, Politico reports.
According to the poll, Americans are also more likely to trust governors and senators than they are to trust rank-and-file members of the House of Representatives.
One-fifth of Americans have high or very high opinions of gubernatorial ethics, and 14 percent said the same of senators, the report said.
The list of professions Americans trust is short. Nurses, pharmacists, doctors, engineers, police officers, dentists, college teachers and the clergy topped the list, with more than 50 percent rating their ethics as high or very high, the report added.