Members of Congress viewed worse than car salespeople

December 16, 2013

When it comes to ethics, members of Congress might as well be car salesmen.

That's the finding of a new Gallup poll, which shows just 8 percent of Americans say the people serving them in Congress have "high" or "very high" ethical standards. By comparison, 9 percent say the same of perhaps the most stereotypically slippery profession of all: selling cars.

The one profession on the list that members of Congress have beat is the people trying to get them to do certain things, lobbyists. Just 6 percent say those in the lobbying profession are highly ethical.

But perhaps we shouldn't pass too much judgment; just 21 percent of people say newspaper journalists have high ethical standards. Twenty percent say the same of TV reporters.


Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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