Very low share of Americans think members of Congress have high ethical standards: poll

Fewer than 1 in 10 Americans rate the honesty and ethical standards of members of Congress as high or very high, according to a Gallup survey released Tuesday. The rating puts Capitol Hill lawmakers behind car salespeople and only above telemarketers on a list of nearly 20 professions. Gallup found only 2% of Americans said members of Congress have “very high” ethical standards and 7% said they have “high” standards. By contrast, a full quarter said members have “very low” standards. Nurses came out on top in the survey, with nearly 8 in 10 Americans rating their standards as high or very high followed by medical doctors, pharmacists and high school teachers. Police officers ranked fifth, with half of Americans giving them a high or very high rating on ethics. Gallup found that Democrats are about twice as likely as Republicans (73% versus 37%) to say high school teachers have high ethical
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