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.