Poll: 3 of 4 think our most trusted presidents have lied

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Folklore says that George Washington was known for never telling a lie.

But as the United States marks its first president's birthday, a new poll indicates that 74 percent of the public thinks the father of our country did lie to the public while he served as president. It's an indication that Americans think the government has been broken for a very, very long time.

The CNN/Opinion Corporation survey was released Monday on the 278th anniversary of Washington's birth.

Three quarters of people questioned in the survey think that modern-day federal officials are not honest, a figure that is essentially unchanged since 1994. But the poll suggests that Americans think the problem of dishonesty is not a new one.

And it's not just George Washington; 71 percent think that Abraham Lincoln, known as "Honest Abe," also lied to the public while serving in the White House.

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