Seventy-two percent (72%) of voters nationwide believe that most politicians use their power and influence to enrich their family and friends. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 10% disagree and 18% are not sure.
Seventy-five percent (75%) of men think politicians use their power to enrich family and friends. So do 69% of women. Younger voters are a bit less skeptical than their elders. There is no difference between suburban, urban and rural voters or between Republicans and Democrats (see crosstab results).
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.
While voters tend to believe these politicians acted inappropriately, it also appears that their behavior is in line with what people expect from politicians.
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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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