Congress Gets Low Marks For Honesty
Being cynical about Congress is an American tradition that goes back to Mark Twain and Will Rogers, if not earlier, and it appears to be alive and well:
Americans’ opinion of congressional honesty has improved over the past year, but lawmakers are still more distrusted than even used car salesmen, according to a poll released Monday.
More than half of Americans — 54 percent — have a low or very low opinion of congressional honesty and ethics, Gallup found. That’s improved from 2011, when 64 percent had a low or very low opinion. Ten percent had a high or very high opinion of congressional trustworthiness, up from 7 percent a year ago.
The only similarly distrusted profession is used car salesmen: Only 8 percent trust them, and 49 percent do not.
It’s surprising there’s not more crossover between these two professions.