87% Believe Corruption Widespread in Federal Government

Eighty-seven percent (87%) of voters nationwide believe that corruption is widespread in the federal government. In fact, a ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 46% believe it is very widespread.

Solid majorities believe there is also corruption in state (70%) and local (57%) government. Twenty-eight percent (28%) believe it is very widespread in state government and 23% say the same about local government.

At the federal level, just 21% believe that government contracts are generally issued to the best company for the job. Seventy-nine percent (79%) believe contracts are awarded to the firms with the best contacts in government (see question wording and crosstab results).

Seventy-nine percent (79%) also believe there is more corruption today than five years ago.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted January 25-26, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). Results for the full sample have a +/- 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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