Americans Trust Used Car Salesmen More Than Congress

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Trust in D.C. is on the decline. A recent Gallop poll shows Americans are more trustful of used car salesmen than congress.

In fact, the poll shows Americans are distrustful in general. The poll results show Americans find nurses more trustworthy than police officers, for example.

Political analyst Dr. Bob Roberts says that kind of cynicism spills over from people's personal lives to every branch of government.

"We're at a much higher level of distrust in our neighbors, so that is carrying over to institutions. If you're distrustful of your friends, people in your neighborhood, you're distrustful of people walking down the street, your barber. You're distrustful, that's going to carry over into institutions and that's what we're seeing now," said Roberts.

Roberts says a struggling economy and insecurity about the future could be behind the bleak outlook. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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