Gallup: 20-point increase since 2006 in Americans who believe government corruption is widespread

posted at 6:41 pm on July 1, 2014 by Allahpundit

I’d love to throw stones at O here but a big bunch of cronies and lobbyists from our party just got Thad Cochran reelected for his thousandth term in the Senate, with plenty of establishment applause for their hard work. You trust them to run a tight, clean ship once they’re back in the White House, don’t you?

Interesting trend, but note that more than half of the 20-point rise here had already been banked by the time Bush left office.

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Perceptions of widespread corruption actually dipped a bit after Obama was first sworn in, in the first flush of optimism about Hopenchange. Five years later, the public’s more cynical than ever thanks to the IRS, the VA, the NSA, and the rest of the alphabet soup of Obama scandals. Makes me wonder, though: How much of this is a direct reaction to O, how much of it is a function of broader political alienation over the last 10 years, and how much of it is a simple return to normal? It’d be useful to have data from 2000 to 2005 in order to see how sharp the “9/11 effect” was. I guarantee you that cynicism about government dropped sharply after the attack and then began to rise gradually afterward. Maybe the 2006 data still shows some artificial suppression as a lingering aftershock from 9/11. (Or maybe not. 2006 was also the nadir of the Iraq war, when virtually all post-9/11 nonpartisanship had been erased.) Needless to say, though, some of this is obviously a backlash to Obama. Another interesting data point from Gallup:

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Satisfaction with one’s freedom dropped 12 points in the U.S. last year alone. As it turns out, notes Gallup, perceptions of freedom tend to correlate inversely with perceptions of widespread government corruption, i.e. the more people think the government is shady, the fewer feel satisfied with their freedom. Which is the cause and which the effect, though? Has the drumbeat of Obama scandals over the past year made people feel less free, or do they feel less free due to other reasons — a chronically weak economy, government expansions like ObamaCare — and that in turn makes them more suspicious of government corruption?

Here’s a depressing clue from Pew: Most people aren’t paying “very close” attention to Scandalmania.

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Not even the VA scandal cracks 25 percent among Democrats, and there are actually fewer Dems “very closely” following the mysterious case of Lois Lerner’s missing IRS e-mails than there are following the World Cup. Even among Republicans, high interest in the VA and IRS scandals tops out at 33 percent. That doesn’t mean, of course, that the steady rise in perceptions of government corruption since 2006 isn’t being driven by specific scandals; Scandalmania last year is an obvious explanation for why the corruption numbers spiked. But the Pew numbers are a useful reminder that Americans, during ordinary times, spend their days largely in a news coma — and yet we had already reached 75 percent in the Gallup corruption poll during O’s first term, which didn’t have any big-ticket scandals that caught mainstream media attention. I think maybe the corruption numbers are, in large part, a reaction to conservative upset at Obama’s expansion of government: It can’t be a coincidence that the big spike in 2010 happened the same year that ObamaCare was passed. Righties knew that bigger government necessarily means more widespread corruption. That’s what was driving the corruption numbers, not any scandal — until last year, that is.

Exit question via Becket Adams: It’s probably not good that people have more faith in the military and the police now than they do in any of the three branches of government, huh?


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Winning?

Evi L. Bloggerlady on July 1, 2014 at 6:42 PM

I feel like I just got my butt kicked by Belgium.

Evi L. Bloggerlady on July 1, 2014 at 6:43 PM

2006? Hmm who took control of congress then?

bgibbs1000 on July 1, 2014 at 6:45 PM

I bet he didn’t even stop the rise of the ocean or heal the planet. I think he might have been lying.

Flange on July 1, 2014 at 6:45 PM

For all you new Immigrants viewing this on your free laptops courtesy of the Federal sow.

Estoy a favor de las fronteras abiertas. Ustedes gringos necesita conseguir a bordo y apoyar a su presidente. Quiere crear más millones de personas dependientes a chupar el duro trabajo de que los cerdos imperialistas yanquis.
Viva el Presidente Obama y los grandes progresistas de la nueva Meximerica.
Papi D sesenta y uno

For all you other Gringo European Americans.

I support open borders. You gringos need to get on board and support your President. He wants to create millions more dependents to suck off the hard work of you Yankee imperialist pigs.
Viva President Obama and the great Progressives of the new Meximerica.

A new PappyD61 for the new reality of the Mexicanization of the former US of A.

PappyD61 on July 1, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Gallup: 20-point increase since 2006 in Americans who believe government corruption is widespread

So much for Pelosi’s promise to ‘drain the swamp.’

Stoic Patriot on July 1, 2014 at 6:48 PM

The country is in a bad place, sometimes I think things hold together simply out of force of habit.

rob verdi on July 1, 2014 at 6:50 PM

“I’d love to throw stones at O here but a big bunch of cronies and lobbyists from our party”

Who’s ‘our’, AP?? You got a gerbil in your pocket??

bimmcorp on July 1, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Gallup: aumento de 20 puntos desde el año 2006 en los estadounidenses que creen la corrupción gubernamental es generalizada

Y no podemos conseguir todos estos anuncios en español ahora para nuestros antiguos amigos del sur?

Vamos aire caliente.

PappyD61 on July 1, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Thad committed fraud but good point AP :)

sorrowen on July 1, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Hey Vegas Rick! Wanna go get a beer, my treat? I’m going out for a few now and will be back to see if you answer!

Wing Chun Man on July 1, 2014 at 6:53 PM

It’s not just Democrats who have corrupted the system ….

idesign on July 1, 2014 at 6:54 PM

The most incompetent fool wanted to make the government the god and savior of the US. Now more than ever people distrust the government. Another great achievement by the welfare queens agitator.

mnjg on July 1, 2014 at 6:55 PM

The mandatory reminder: Pew is the most corrupted and politically biased of all the major pollsters. Don’t believe anything from them without confirmation from other more trustworthy polling companies.

slickwillie2001 on July 1, 2014 at 6:56 PM

I’d love to throw stones at O here but a big bunch of cronies and lobbyists from our party just got Thad Cochran reelected for his thousandth term in the Senate, with plenty of establishment applause for their hard work. You trust them to run a tight, clean ship once they’re back in the White House, don’t you?

Allahpundit on July 1, 2014 at 6:41 PM

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Nope.

Neither do many other conservative voters.

listens2glenn on July 1, 2014 at 6:56 PM

So since the progressive fascist democrat party has had control of 2 or more of the houses of congress and/or the presidency.

Maybe Americans are not as dumb as the fascist democrat party thinks they are. Then again we have a man of mediocre intelligence, zero real world experience, and has done nothing but fail, blame, and lie reelected.

jukin3 on July 1, 2014 at 6:56 PM

A new PappyD61 for the new reality of the Mexicanization of the former US of A.

PappyD61 on July 1, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Hey wait a minute! The Mexicans can’t have it all to themselves. Islamification and sharia law must be added in. We must have our own caliphate here…..or does this all overlap in the diversity mix?

The United Socialist States of Islamexicamerica?

hawkeye54 on July 1, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Where does the buck stop?

CW on July 1, 2014 at 6:58 PM

EMBRACE THE SUCK….

crosshugger on July 1, 2014 at 6:59 PM

My guess is that 47% of the populace doesn’t really give a rip as long as the feed trough stays filled. Oh…and as long as Jay Z & Beyonce’ still get to chill with the Obamas…

bimmcorp on July 1, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Where does the buck stop?

CW on July 1, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Racist /s

bimmcorp on July 1, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Hey Vegas Rick! Wanna go get a beer, my treat? I’m going out for a few now and will be back to see if you answer!

Wing Chun Man on July 1, 2014 at 6:53 PM

BBQing for the family on my last day of vacation tonight. I haven’t seen you post much before. You in Vegas?

VegasRick on July 1, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Then again we have a man of mediocre intelligence, zero real world experience, and has done nothing but fail, blame, and lie reelected.

Meh, to fail, blame and lie is his job description. A lifetime of preparation for what Obumbles is in the WH to do.

hawkeye54 on July 1, 2014 at 7:04 PM

new PappyD61 for the new reality of the Mexicanization of the former US of A.

PappyD61 on July 1, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Hey wait a minute! The Mexicans can’t have it all to themselves. Islamification and sharia law must be added in. We must have our own caliphate here…..or does this all overlap in the diversity mix?

The United Socialist States of Islamexicamerica?

hawkeye54 on July 1, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Tienes razón. Todos tenemos que ceder ante lo inevitable.

أنت مصيب. يجب علينا جميعا أن الإذعان للأمر الواقع.

You are right. We must all bow to the inevitable.

PappyD61 on July 1, 2014 at 7:07 PM

So much for Pelosi’s promise to ‘drain the swamp.’

Stoic Patriot on July 1, 2014 at 6:48 PM

pelousy is dyslexic. She meant to say “swamp the brain”………..

VegasRick on July 1, 2014 at 7:07 PM

2006? Hmm who took control of congress then? bgibbs1000 on July 1, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Exactly.

Every economic graph I”ve seen takes a nose dice after Jan. 2007. when they got sworn in.

And that set up the General election.

This graph shows a lot, too. Like the spike at 2006 forward, and the dip afer barky got elected.
MSM. It’s all agiprop.

All of it.

wolly4321 on July 1, 2014 at 7:08 PM

USA’s World Cup is ovah, so they can start psying attention to things that matter. Amazing that so much attention to a team that onky won one game if the four they played,

Techster64 on July 1, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Its the coke!

Sven on July 1, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Where does the buck stop?

CW on July 1, 2014 at 6:58 PM

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I’ve got a couple of them to stop, in front of my rifle.

listens2glenn on July 1, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Barack Obama, and his cronies, corrupting one federal agency at a time until they are all totally corrupt. Well OK, that’s underestimating him as when it comes to such things, as opposed to just about everything else, he can multitask.

VorDaj on July 1, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Hey AP,, bounce this off of the economy.. employment numbers.

It’s all media projection. All off it.

I can look at that graph and remember the conditions and spin for ecery year.

Bush bashing, to hyping “the one”.

After 2009, it’s just the media failing.

Oh, the exponential increase in corruption at the highest levels.

wolly4321 on July 1, 2014 at 7:18 PM

. I’ve got a couple of them to stop, in front of my rifle. listens2glenn on July 1, 2014 at 7:15 PM

They’ll stop in front of a pickup truck, too.

wolly4321 on July 1, 2014 at 7:22 PM

You know what will fix this? A bigger budget and more government!

Signed – Every Liberal You’ve Ever Met

ButterflyDragon on July 1, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Pelosium Threatens to Clean House,…..er,…after eight
years,..her broom….is still stationary collecting dust:

******************** NewsFlash 2006 ********************************

1st lady speaker to clean House
Pelosi will be 2nd in line of presidential succession
Published: 11/07/2006 at 12:18 PM
*********************************

WASHINGTON – The night began as a squeaker, but it led to a new House speaker.

In a historic political evening, Democrats swept Republicans out of power in the House of Representatives for the first time since the 1994 Republican revolution that made Newt Gingrich the speaker. Control of the Senate was hanging in the balance with the George Allen-Jim Webb race in Virginia too close to call with more than 99 percent of the vote counted.

Two years after a decisive election victory for President Bush and Republicans, Democrats picked up more than the 15 seats they needed to recapture control of the 435-seat House for the first time since 1994.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California – in line to become the first woman speaker in history – said as the returns rolled in, “Democrats support change. Democrats propose a new direction for all Americans, not just the privileged few.”

“We are on the brink of a great Democratic victory,” she predicted earlier in the evening.

Democrats needed to gain six seats to reclaim control of the 100-seat Senate for the first time in four years, and so far had taken three seats from Republicans.

Pelosi, 66, appears certain to be elected House speaker by fellow Democrats when the new 110th Congress convenes in January, replacing Dennis Hastert, an Illinois Republican.

Under U.S. law, the speaker is second in the line of succession to the presidency, behind only the vice president.

Pelosi has said she will not try to end U.S. funding of the Iraq war, will pressure Bush to shift course, begin a phased redeployment of U.S. troops and require Iraqis to take greater responsibility for their own nation.

Bush, disappointed at the Democrats’ seizure of the House of Representatives, will hold a news conference today to urge his opponents to work with him, the White House said.

White House spokesman Tony Snow said the outcome of the elections, in which Democrats were projected to win control of the House and pick up several Senate seats, was “not what we would’ve hoped.”

“But it also gets us to a point: Democrats have spent a lot of time complaining about what the president has done. This is an opportunity for them to kind of stand up,” Snow said.

http://www.wnd.com/2006/11/38777/

canopfor on July 1, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Exit question via Becket Adams: It’s probably not good that people have more faith in the military and the police now than they do in any of the three branches of government, huh?

It is an interesting paradox. Conservatives are mostly for smaller government and are pro-constitution, yet they are the biggest defenders of the U.S. Military. This is not unjustified, because the U.S. Military is still seen, and is, a conservative institution.

Also despite the best efforts of the left, it has remained one because leftist don’t join the military for the most part. I suppose that is why some leftist want to use the military as a gateway for amnesty. Still conservatives are over represented in the military.

Therefore we end up in this awful situation. Leftist want to get rid of the constitution, yet cannot achieve it by constitutional means and therefore will need the military to help them, and conservatives may someday need the military “go ceaser” on a executive branch who has gone power mad and a legislative and judicial branch unable, or unwilling to stop them.

At some point everyone may have to make a decision…who to support? If that dark day comes in our lifetime, lets hope we have a “George Washington”, and not a “Napoleon” doing the crossing of the potomac. Obviously I hope that never happens, but history has shown us all things come to an end, religions, our lives, and yes nations and governments.

Clearly if we are to ask where things went wrong, I would say it was the creation of the executive branch in the first place. The legislative branch should have picked the leaders of the various departments, and all government jobs should have temporary, not lifetime.

Oh well…my two cents. Hopefully America will prove me wrong, and we will come out of this pending disaster on the horizon like we have done most of the time in our past.

William Eaton on July 1, 2014 at 7:33 PM

After seeing how Congresscritters in both Houses decided to lard up the Black Budget with their pet projects to escape public scrutiny, I was one of those raising my hand on this issue in 2006…

ajacksonian on July 1, 2014 at 7:37 PM

At my work as a defense contractor, I recently got to see the thought-provoking spectacle of a Marine reading the Constitution out loud in the office. I wonder if anyone in government–most notably the President and Democrats, but Republicans aren’t doing a damned thing to fix anything–ever wonders idly what might happen if the military gets convinced that our government really IS violating the constitution. I mean that with utter seriousness. Military members take an oath to support and defend the Constitution, not an allegiance oath to the current people occupying the government.

I’m not just speculating, I mean it seriously. If the government–meaning our Congress critters and the voters who put them in office–isn’t capable of reining itself in, do they ever consider the millions of active duty and former veterans that actually take their oaths to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic seriously? Because if they’re not, they need to start.

Zoomie on July 1, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Then again we have a man of mediocre intelligence, zero real world experience, and has done nothing but fail, blame, and lie reelected.

Meh, to fail, blame and lie is his job description. A lifetime of preparation for what Obumbles is in the WH to do.

hawkeye54 on July 1, 2014 at 7:04 PM

As others have pointed out he is not failing to change this country into something the fascist/marxists would like.

wifarmboy on July 1, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Clearly if we are to ask where things went wrong, I would say it was the creation of the executive branch in the first place. The legislative branch should have picked the leaders of the various departments, and all government jobs should have temporary, not lifetime.

Oh well…my two cents. Hopefully America will prove me wrong, and we will come out of this pending disaster on the horizon like we have done most of the time in our past.

William Eaton on July 1, 2014 at 7:33 PM

There are situations where an executive is needed. What went wrong is we lost our moral bearings. Without out them the system is failing.

wifarmboy on July 1, 2014 at 8:54 PM

2006? Hmm who took control of congress then?

bgibbs1000 on July 1, 2014 at 6:45 PM

…The Swamp!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 1, 2014 at 8:57 PM

If the media is brainwashing everybody, where did this idea come from?

Maybe people are waking up.

formwiz on July 1, 2014 at 9:06 PM

A lot of leaders claim they will clean up the corruption in government, until they find how much they and their cronies can profit by it.

Obama was very vocal about how his administration would do things differently, but he failed to show any leadership on this.

The high level of expectations he created is perhaps why more people have grown to mistrust government in general, and Obama in particular.

s1im on July 1, 2014 at 9:10 PM

There are situations where an executive is needed. What went wrong is we lost our moral bearings. Without out them the system is failing.

wifarmboy on July 1, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Yes…of course. Like war…we can have a war consul if war is declared by congress. At the rate we are going the Romans Republic is going to beat us in terms of survival time. So who had the better idea…

William Eaton on July 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM

I suspect that since the Republicans are constantly at war with each other, to much of America Democrat corruption is better than Republican corruption, because the Democrats give away stuff.

So the beatings will continue until moral improves.

petunia on July 1, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Only a 20-point increase?
Seems a tad light to me.

But hey – go ahead and vote the incumbent back into office and see if these numbers change.
People are just too ignorant to realize that you get the Govt you deserve.

Pelosi Schmelosi on July 1, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Interesting trend, but note that more than half of the 20-point rise here had already been banked by the time Bush left office.

Wow. You forgot to mention that The Democrats controlled congress during that time and they oversaw the takeover of much of the country and the economy. Don’t blame it on Bush.

Theophile on July 2, 2014 at 12:28 AM

You can hit libs in the face with facts and the truth and they will still deny it. Hannity had the former president of NOW on last night and didn’t let her get away with claiming the HL decision denied contraception to women everywhere. She still shook her head no, when he listed the 16 types of contraception still paid for by HL with a smug smile on her face. Can’t fool her with the truth.

Kissmygrits on July 2, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Only a 20-point increase?
Seems a tad light to me.

But hey – go ahead and vote the incumbent back into office and see if these numbers change.
People are just too ignorant to realize that you get the Govt you deserve.

Pelosi Schmelosi on July 1, 2014 at 10:58 PM

That is the silver lining in the GOP-e’s continual vicious attacks against TEA party minded candidates.

The D’s keep putting in Progressives, Miseotheists and America haters. No change there. The R’s for quite some time were putting in their kleptocrats and lobbyist friendly stooges.

Then the TEA Party came around and said we are tired of all of them and decided that the R’s were less difficult to reform than the D’s. So when people bitch and moan, as people want to do, what they cannot say is that the TEA party is the same-old same-old because even the Establishment is treating them worse than their worst enemies.

You surely don’t treat friends or acquaintances with anywhere near the hostility demonstrated by our “friends” in the GOP-e.

Reuben Hick on July 2, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Republicans are the highest in each category. I think what this shows more than anything is conservative leaning individuals tend to stay informed and better educate themselves than liberals. But we already knew that.

hoffy on July 2, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Not even the VA scandal cracks 25 percent among Democrats, and there are actually fewer Dems “very closely” following the mysterious case of Lois Lerner’s missing IRS e-mails than there are following the World Cup. Even among Republicans, high interest in the VA and IRS scandals tops out at 33 percent.

Ok, there are plenty a of depressing stories out there, but this is just rank eeyorism. You are only looking at ” very closely” and ignoring “fairly closely”. Most people who are not political junkies do not follow every important story “very closely” because thee aren’t enough hours in the day. Someone who follows “fairly closely” is going to be pretty aware of the problem.

When you include the “fairly closely” people you get numbers more along the lines of 50%, which still isn’t great, but hardly the hopeless lost cause that the 20-30% numbers suggest.

Moreover, the people who answer “not too closely” instead of “not at all closely” should not be disregarded either. They are acknowledging awareness, and while they may not have an appropriate appreciation of the severity, it’s not as though there’s no getting through to them.

I would wager that even most of us here have periods where we aren’t following the latest scandals all that closely. How many of us can say, honestly, that we remained plugged into politics, even the most important issues, continuously without taking the occasional hiatus?

Regarding the World Cup vs the IRS scandal, that is a misleading comparison. Yes, people spend more time on entertainment than politics, but this is because politics is only one of many serious responsibilities people have. A less political conservative will likely have a modest engagement in politics, along with a strong commitment to their responsibilities to their family, their job, etc.

Dismissing people who “only” follow the IRS “fairly closely” is kind of ridiculous, and counterproductive, as it encourages conservatives to despair of winning the battle of ideas.

RINO in Name Only on July 2, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Darn it, all that trouble just to post on a thread from yesterday that’s been dead for hours. Hate it when I do that.

RINO in Name Only on July 2, 2014 at 5:16 PM