New survey ranks Congress, journos among least honest and ethical professions

New survey ranks Congress, journos among least honest and ethical professions
Pelosi tearing up SOTU (Image: YouTube screen grab)

A new Gallup poll asking Americans to rank the honesty and ethics of different professions placed journalists and members of Congress low among groups such as car salesmen.

Congressional members actually tied car salesmen, with a mere 8% rating them highly, while advertisers came in slightly better at 10%. Rounding out low-ranking groups were business executives at 17%, lawyers at 21%, and journalists at 28%.

The top two professions should come as no surprise in a normal year, let alone in the midst of a historic pandemic – nurses at 89% and doctors at 77%.

Police officers finished at number five, with 52%. With police officers being the subject of defunding pushes by the Left and the media, one has to wonder why there isn’t a larger outcry to defund or abolish far more detestable institutions such as the media and Congress.

Members of Congress Viewed as Unethical by Both Parties

Congressional members – unlike journalists – were universally despised in the Gallup poll regarding professional ethics, with only 8% of Democrats rating them highly, 10% of Independents, and 4% of Republicans.

And why not? Congress had a banner year. That year started with Democratic lawmakers focusing almost exclusively on the impeachment of President Donald Trump while ignoring the coronavirus, which had found its way to America in January.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doubled down by shredding her official copy of Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address in which he pledged to “take all necessary steps” to protect Americans from the dreaded virus.

Pelosi followed that despicable effort by encouraging her constituents to visit San Francisco’s Chinatown in late February – after President Trump banned travel from China to try and stop the spread of the disease. She would go on to blame Trump solely for the deaths of Americans at the hands of COVID.

Republican congressional leaders have looked no better after failing to take seriously the concerns of 75 million Americans over election fraud.

Journalists’ Ethics Don’t Fare Much Better

While Congress is looked down upon by Americans of all ideologies, journalists’ ethics are viewed dramatically differently depending on party affiliation. Only 5% of Republicans rate the ethics and honesty of journalists highly, while nearly half – 48% of Democrats – give the media high marks.

Come to think of it, that mark for Democrats is embarrassingly low in light of the media’s unified effort to cede the presidential election to Joe Biden. A study conducted by the Media Research Center (MRC) just weeks after the election suggests biased media coverage may have tilted the results in Biden’s favor.

The study featured an analysis of eight major news stories that the MRC suggested were not covered appropriately, along with a survey of how that coverage affected the election. The study revealed that a very significant 17% of Biden voters would have abandoned the candidate if they had been informed about the sexual assault allegation leveled against him or the scandal over his son Hunter’s shady business deals.

Cross posted at the Mental Recession

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is editor of the Mental Recession, one of the top conservative blogs of 2012. His writings have appeared at the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record.


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