Forty-one percent (41%) of voters nationwide believe that President Trump is at least as ethical as most politicians. That’s down 13 points since July. It’s also far below levels found last May and in October 2018.
A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 49% believe that the president is less ethical than most politicians. It is extremely rare for a plurality of voters to believe any politician is less ethical than their peers. After all, 72% believe that most politicians use their power and influence to enrich family and friends.
Sixty-two percent (62%) believe than Senator Bernie Sanders is at least as ethical as most politicians. Fifty-eight percent (58%) hold that view of former Vice President Joe Biden. Fifty-two percent (52%) believe that’s true of Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Seventy-six percent (76%) of Republicans believe the president meets the normal ethical standard for politicians. That’s down eleven points since July.
Just 35% of Independents believe the president is as ethical as a typical politician. That’s down 17 points since July.
Seventy-five percent (75%) of Democrats believe the president is less ethical than most. That’s unchanged from July (see crosstab results).
While just 41% believe the president is as ethical as his peers, his Job Approval ratings have remained steady around 46%. In fact, his ratings have stayed within two points of that level in every daily release for more than eight months.
Data released recently showed that 87% of voters believe corruption is widespread in the federal government.
Scott Rasmussen’s new book, The Sun is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not, describes how he can be optimistic about the nation’s future despite being deeply pessimistic about our broken political system. Fortunately, the politicians aren’t nearly as important as they think they are. Just about all positive change in America begins far from the halls of power in Washington. The culture and technology lead our nation forward while politics and politicians lag behind.
In May, 59% believed that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is at least as ethical as most politicians.
Former Vice President Joe Biden has been accused of using his influence with the Ukrainian government to benefit his son. Most voters are not familiar with the accusation, but a narrow plurality believes Biden behaved inappropriately. President Trump has been accused of using his power with the Ukrainian government to benefit himself. A plurality believes he behaved inappropriately as well.
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The national survey of 1,003 Registered Voters was conducted September 27-28, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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