Bloomberg by the Numbers: 10

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Salesmen in the showroom at a GMC dealership in Illinois.

That’s the share of Americans who rate the honesty and ethical standards of members of Congress as high or very high, according to a Gallup survey.

Only car salespeople, at 8 percent, had a lower ethical rating than members of Congress among the 22 professions measured in the poll taken Nov. 26-29.

The public has a poor impression of Congress amid debate over avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff, the combination of tax hikes and spending cuts that are scheduled to go into effect beginning next month.

About 28 percent of respondents said bankers have high or very high ethical standards, up from 19 percent in 2009, after fallout from the credit crisis. Business executives had a rating of 21 percent, up from 12 percent in 2009.

Nurses had the highest ethical rating, at 85 percent, followed by pharmacists at 75 percent and medical doctors at 70 percent.

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