According to Gallup, the verdict is mixed. In a December poll, the venerable research company found that the only people held in lower ethical esteem than members of Congress were sellers of cars. But insurance salespeople managed to trump both Senators and ad executives. Read more here.


8 Responses to “Who’s more honest — Congresspeople or salespeople?”

  1. Deb says:

    You think the venerable Gallop people would rate above the nurses? :)

  2. Dave Freeman says:

    Uh-oh, us teachers didn’t even make the list!

    • Weird. I remember when this poll used to have military personnel, firefighters, nurses and, yes, teachers on it. They must have pared down the number of occupations they ask about.

  3. ted says:

    Senators are members of Congress.

  4. Realtors tend to rate pretty low. Maybe that’s why they’re not on the list. Damn shame, too.

  5. Salespeople have indeed a bad reputation of being not honest. Many fall for the temptation to lie for own gain, it becomes a habit and part of their character. The conscience of being honest has been hardened.

  6. As an insurance consultant myself, I’m sad to see we rank just below lawyers. Alas… ;-)

    On the flipside, however, it’s great to know people consider me more ethical than a member of Congress. ;-(

  7. SDL says:

    I would love to see how people would respond to more specific categories such as “Your Boss” or “Your Spouse” and even “Yourself”.

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