Lobbyists, lawmakers rated dishonest, unethical in poll

Members of Congress and lobbyists are among the professionals who have the lowest honesty and ethical standards, according to a new poll.

Only 6 percent of people in the United States rate lobbyists as having “high” or “very high” honesty and ethical standards, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. Lobbyists received the lowest rating out of 22 professions.

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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill came in second to last, with only 8 percent of the public saying they have high standards.

Their low rating reflects the low approval rating, 9 percent, lawmakers received in a Gallup poll in November.  

Nearly a quarter rated local officeholders as having high honesty and ethical standards. About 20 percent viewed the same of reporters.