Poll: Americans weigh in on least honest professions

Poll: Americans weigh in on least honest professions

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by CNN.com

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Posted on December 18, 2013 at 9:21 AM

(CNN) - Members of Congress are dueling it out with lobbyists and car salespeople as the least honest profession, according to new national survey.

A Gallup poll released Monday also indicates only 47% of Americans find clergy to be honest and ethical - the first time the rating has slipped below 50% since Gallup first asked about the clergy in 1977.

Only 8% of Americans rate Congress as having "high" or "very high" honesty and ethical standards. Lobbyists and car salespeople also polled in the single digits, at 6% and 9%, respectively.

Nurses, pharmacists and grade school teachers rank the highest. An overwhelming 82% of Americans rate nurses as having high standards of honesty. Pharmacists and grade school teachers both come in at 70%.

Medical doctors, military and police officers all ranked above 50%.

Gallup's survey of 1,031 respondents nationwide was conducted by telephone from Dec. 5-8, with a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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