Americans hold car salespeople and members of Congress in higher esteem than lobbyists, who are perceived to have the lowest ethical values among workers in more than 20 professions, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.
Only 6 percent of Americans rated lobbyists as having "very high" or "high" honesty and ethical standards. Ratings were 8 percent for members of Congress and 9 percent for car salespeople, rounding out the bottom of the list. Nurses received top marks with an 82 percent rating, followed by pharmacists and grade school teachers at 70 percent.
Other professions on the list included judges and lawyers. Judges appeared in the top half of the list with a 46 percent rating, tying with daycare providers. Lawyers were in the bottom half of the rankings at 20 percent, the same rating for television reporters.