Voters regard "senators" and "members of Congress" about as unethical and dishonest as car salespeople, HMO managers and stockbrokers, a new poll finds.


Consequently, those slew of professions rank among five of the "least well-rated" in Gallup's annual "Honesty and Ethics of Professions" poll, released Wednesday.

About 55 percent of those surveyed said members of Congress had low or very low professional standards, according to pollsters. Slightly less than half said the same of senators in particular, Gallup reported.

While those numbers are disappointing, they hardly diverge from previous years; voters have long told Gallup that members of Congress are dishonest.

However, Wednesday's poll results set a definite record, as never before has the disparity between voters who view Congress as ethical opposed to those who think otherwise been so large.