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U.S. residents don't trust leaders
May 25, 2006

UTICA, N.Y., May 25 (UPI) -- A Zogby Interactive poll finds that U.S. voters are more distrustful than ever of political and corporate leaders.

Only 3 percent believe Congress is trustworthy; 7 percent think business leaders are; 24 percent say President George W. Bush can be trusted; and 29 percent trust the courts.

The poll was commissioned by Jim Lichtman, an ethics specialist whose latest book is "What Do You Stand For?"

Three out of four respondents said they trust politicians less than they did five years ago.

Seventy-five percent of those polled said their friends, neighbors and co-workers are trustworthy, and an overwhelming majority -- 97 percent -- described themselves as trustworthy.

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