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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 09:29 AM

Gallup: Congress Rated As Dishonest And Unethical Profession, Ranks Only Above Car Salespeople

Source: TPM

Americans give members of Congress extremely low ratings on honesty and ethics, according to a survey from Gallup released Monday.

The poll tested 22 professions, asking respondents to measure the honesty and ethical standards of each. Only 10 percent of Americans rated the honesty and ethics of Congressional members as "high" or "very high." Fifty-four percent gave lawmakers on Capitol Hill the lowest marks possible the highest negative rating of any profession included in the survey.

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Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/gallup-congress-rated-as-dishonest-unethical-profession-ranks



More from the article on Gallup's site:

http://www.gallup.com/poll/159035/congress-retains-low-honesty-rating.aspx

PRINCETON, NJ -- As Congress remains involved in protracted negotiations over the pending "fiscal cliff" that could disrupt the nation's economy if not addressed by Jan. 1, one in 10 Americans rate the honesty and ethical standards of its members as very high or high. This puts the lawmaking body second lowest on a list of 22 professions measured -- higher only than car salespeople.

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Americans' views of the 22 professions tested vary widely -- extending from the 85% who rate nurses' ethics and honesty as very high or high to a low of 8% rating car salespeople the same.

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Senators and state governors receive slightly higher honesty ratings than members of Congress do, as is typical. The highest honesty rating for senators was 25% in November 2001. State governors were not rated in 2001, but their highest rating was 31% in 2000.

Members of Congress (54%) have the dubious distinction of having the largest "very low"/"low" rating of any profession tested this year -- higher than car salespeople (49%) and senators (45%).

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Reply Gallup: Congress Rated As Dishonest And Unethical Profession, Ranks Only Above Car Salespeople (Original post)
highplainsdem Dec 2012 OP
woo me with science Dec 2012 #1
AAO Dec 2012 #9
GeorgiaDemGuy Dec 2012 #2
crim son Dec 2012 #3
James48 Dec 2012 #4
AAO Dec 2012 #10
duhneece Dec 2012 #5
groundloop Dec 2012 #6
cstanleytech Dec 2012 #8
groundloop Dec 2012 #7
former9thward Dec 2012 #11
ut oh Dec 2012 #15
libdem4life Dec 2012 #12
Fozzledick Dec 2012 #13
santamargarita Dec 2012 #14
woo me with science Dec 2012 #16
closeupready Dec 2012 #17

Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 09:31 AM

1. That's an insult to car salesmen. nt

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 12:38 PM

9. Hey, I know a car salesman. That car salesman is a friend of mine.

 

Congress, you are no used car salesmen.

I find the integrity and honesty of car salesmen to be low, but you buttwipes in the House make car salesmen look like Supreme Court Justices (This analogy once applied, but now Justices are lower than used car salesmen, thanks to R.A.T.S. (Roberts, Alito, Thomas and Scalia).

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 09:32 AM

2. Worthless Survey

Everyone hates OTHER people's congress members. But, they LOVE their own. Especially with redistricting (gerrymandering).

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 09:49 AM

3. The same people who call them dishonest

vote them in, hoping the corruption might work in their favor.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 10:06 AM

4. How the hell did they beat car salesmen?

You tell me!


I think car salesmen at least have a clue.

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Response to James48 (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 12:39 PM

10. They simply are more honest than congress critters. (at least the Repuke ones).

 

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 10:09 AM

5. That's what happens when we elect folks who state that government can do no good

I mean 'we' to refer to Americans who vote for folks who openly express their intention to do a bad job because they don't believe government can do any good.
Sort of like electing an atheist to be pope. Or like having a boyfriend who has stated that men are no good.
When we elect Democrats who believe in the good that government can do, we end up with things like the GI Bill, protection for workers, the environment, consumers...
The reputation of Congress went way down when we Americans elected so many Republicans.

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Response to duhneece (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 10:20 AM

6. Good points. Repubs bitch about government, then wonder why they get such low ratings....

... when in fact THEY are part of the government they're complaining about. Add to that the fact that the stated purpose of Congressional repubs is to keep the govt. from working (in order to make the President look bad) and it's no wonder nobody likes them.

If we can ever overcome the gerrymandered districts and retake the House then maybe we can start to get some real work done.

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Response to groundloop (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 10:26 AM

8. Yes the gerrymandering is a major issue but you forgot an even larger one

and that is how easy its become for corporations and foreign governments to use PACs to funnel money to candidates.
Oh sure the PACs arent supposed to coordinate with the candidates nor in some cases even directly support a specific candidate but really, does anyone here believe that their hands are clean? I know I dont believe them nor do I trust them.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 10:24 AM

7. It's ironic this is coming from one of the worst polling firms in existence


I wonder why POLLSTERS weren't included in their survey.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 12:58 PM

11. If this is true why do over 90% of incumbents get re-elected?

Also these polls usually indicate people are satisfied with their own member of Congress.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #11)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 04:49 PM

15. It was said above

people trust their own congresscritter, but not the others.

I would say that most people polled think about those 'other' congrescritters and not their own when responding to these surveys. And that 10% that rated high or very high probably were thinking about their own.

It would have probably been better for Gallup to break it down more to 'your congresscritter' and 'other congresscritters'. I think you'd find more usable data in that.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:00 PM

12. Car salesman are paid for results...unlike those paid in advance or in spite of non performance.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:06 PM

13. This reminds me of Mark Twain's comment.

"It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress."

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 01:47 PM

14. How could they rank above used car salesmen?

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 01:36 PM

17. Well-deserved.

K&R

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