The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

Maybe it’s a good thing that Congress is away for the hol­i­days. Out of a broad range of 22 pro­fes­sions, the na­tion’s law­mak­ers are ranked at the very bot­tom of the list when it comes to bedrock val­ues of hon­esty and ethics, says a Gallup poll re­leased Mon­day.

Only 8 per­cent of the re­spon­dents gave mem­bers of Congress a pos­i­tive rat­ing for hon­esty and eth­i­cal stan­dards. Sen­a­tors did a lit­tle bet­ter, man­ag­ing to gar­ner 12 per­cent, while state gov­er­nors reached 18 per­cent. Amaz­ingly, oft-vil­i­fied jour­nal­ists got 23 per­cent — still earn­ing the ap­proval of less than a quar­ter of the re­spon­dents.

Nurses topped the list with 84 per­cent, with phar­ma­cists in a some­what dis­tant sec­ond place with 67 per­cent and doc­tors at 65 per­cent. See more num­bers in the Poll du Jour at column’s end.

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