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Congress Seen as Less Honest Than Lobbyists

Why would Congress be trusted less than lobbyists? (image from Susan NYC, flickr)

The public’s ranking of the honesty and ethics of members of Congress is at the lowest level it has ever been according to Gallup’s polling. While Congress has never been looked on too kindly, the level of distrust the American people now feel towards members of Congress is unprecedented.

Just how bad is the American people’s opinion of members of Congress right now? It was the lowest of any of the professions Gallup polled. Congress now ranks just slightly below lobbyists, which come in a close second to last.

Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields -- very high, high, average, low, or very low? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

These are not the numbers of a democracy that is having some minor temporary problems. These are the numbers of a country whose governance is in serious trouble, one that needs aggressive and far reaching political reforms.

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Congress Seen as Less Honest than Lobbyists

The public’s ranking of the honesty and ethics of members of Congress is at the lowest level it has ever been according to Gallup’s polling. While Congress has never been looked on too kindly, the level of distrust the American people now feel towards members of Congress is unprecedented.

Just how bad is the American people’s opinion of members of Congress right now? It was the lowest of any of the professions Gallup polled.  Congress now ranks just slightly below lobbyists, which come in a close second to last.

Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields -- very high, high, average, low, or very low? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

These are not the numbers of a democracy that is having some minor temporary problems. These are the numbers of a country whose governance is in serious trouble, one that needs aggressive and far reaching political reforms.

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Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is now living in the Washington DC area. He created a politics and policy blog, The Walker Report (http://jwalkerreport.blogspot.com/).