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Poll: Jimmy Carter most trusted politician; Matt Lauer least trusted network newsie

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Former President Jimmy Carter stands head and shoulders above other American politicians -- including President Obama -- in a new Reader's Digest poll of the 100 most trusted people in America that also suggests the problems dogging "Today Show" co-host Matt Lauer have nicked his integrity.

The new poll, provided to Secrets, proves that Washington has fallen out of favor in America. The four most trusted Americans are in show business. No. 1 is Tom Hanks, followed by Sandra Bullock, Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep.

The first Washingtonian on the list is first lady Michelle Obama at No. 19. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright lands at 23, followed by Carter at 24. President Obama landed the No. 65 spot, behind Hillary Clinton, who was No. 51.

The magazine found it funny that TV's "Judge Judy," Judith Sheindlin, beat out the Supreme Court. "Sure, her no-nonsense shtick makes us smile, but TV time can sway our perception of sincerity," said Reader's Digest.

The most trusted network news person is the popular "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts. Her sidekick, George Stephanopoulos, came in at No. 57. The competing "Today Show" didn't fare as well. Co-host Savannah Guthrie came in at No. 85 and Lauer was No. 87. But he beat cable favorite Shepard Smith, anchor of "The Fox Report," who was dead last.

Reader's Digest took note that Clint Eastwood has recovered from his awkward performance at last year's Republican National Convention. He is the 13th most trusted American on their list.