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Photos: More popular than Congress

Published 6:01 PM ET, Fri December 20, 2013
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According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans consider car salesmen to be more honest and ethical than members of Congress. Only 8% of Americans said members of Congress have "high" or "very high" standards when it comes to honesty and ethics. Car salesmen got 9% in the same poll. Click through to see how Congress stacks up to other professions and some of our least favorite things. Bruce Laurance/Getty Images
Lawyers: This Gallup poll stings -- 20% of people rated lawyers highly ethical? Sorry, the poll doesn't ask why. (Photo from the film "My Cousin Vinny") 20th Century Fox/Everett Collection
TV reporters: TV reporters, like the one played here by actress Courteney Cox in the movie "Scream," do much better than Congress in the poll, as 22% of Americans praised their ethics as being "high" or "very high." But that's nothing compared with nurses (82%) and grade-school teachers (70%). Dimension Films
Eating vegetables: Vegetables are way more popular than Congress. Another Gallup poll found that 60% of Americans ate four servings of fruits and vegetables four days per week in October. Design Pics/Misty Bedwell/Getty Images
Saving money: Gallup found that, by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, Americans would rather save their money than spend it. With 62% of people agreeing that they would rather forgo a nice dinner out or a new pair of shoes, Congress doesn't even come close to personal frugality. Joshua Lott/Getty Images
Not sleeping: Gallup says 14% of Americans get five hours of sleep or less per night. 20th Century Fox
The Internal Revenue Service: The IRS! Yes, while 21% of Democrats and 59% of Republicans say the IRS is doing a "poor" job, that is nothing compared to the job Americans think Congress is doing. With Congress coming in recently with a 12% approval rating, the tax man is winning. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images
Taxes: Nearly half of Americans -- 45% -- say the amount of income taxes they pay are "about right," not too high or too low, according to a Gallup poll. Disney/Everett Collection
Being uninsured: After the implementation of Obamacare, 28% of people would rather remain uninsured and pay a fine than purchase health insurance, according to Gallup. Remember when Congress had a 28% approval rating? We don't. But we know those were the days. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Cockroaches: Words spoken by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: "Congress is finishing this year less popular than a cockroach." A polling question actually asked people if they have a higher opinion of Congress or cockroaches. And people thought higher of cockroaches. Joel Sartore/National Geographic/Getty Images
Not lobbyists: Lobbyists, like the one played here by actor Aaron Eckhart in the film "Thank You for Smoking," are actually less popular than Congress. In the Gallup poll, only 6% of people rated lobbyists as having "high" or "very high" standards when it comes to honesty and ethics. Lobbying is the career many lawmakers choose after retiring from Congress. 20th Century Fox