Poll finds widespread cynicism among Americans over political system
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/4/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
While being the world's proudest democracy, many Americans have a deeply cynical view of the nation's political process. According to a recent national Reason-Rupe opinion poll, respondents said that 75 percent of all politicians are "corrupted" by campaign donations and lobbyists. Furthermore, respondents said that 70 percent of politicians use their political power to help their friends and hurt their enemies.
The poll conducted live interviews with 1,003 Americans on mobile and landline phones from March 26-30, 2014. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.6 percent.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Only 17 percent approve of the poll's respondents approved of the job Congress is doing. President Obama's approval rating is just 43 percent, with 51 percent disapproving.
The recent poll finds Americans are actually more concerned about how elected officials misuse their power and taxpayer money once they're in office than they are worried about campaign contributions.
When queried about what constitutes as a "more serious" problem, respondents said that "special interest groups spending private money on campaigns to elect the politicians they favor" or "elected officials enacting policies and spending taxpayer money that benefit the special interests they favor."
Sixty-three percent of Americans said officials enacting policies and spending taxpayer money for special interests was a more serious problem.
In addition, Americans say they are "more bothered" by politicians abusing political power than they are by some of the personal issues most often associated with political downfalls.
Seventy percent of Americans say they would be "most bothered" by a politician who used his or her political power to bully someone. Fourteen percent said that they would be most bothered by a politician using drugs, and 11 percent would be most bothered by a politician who cheated on his/her spouse.
The poll conducted live interviews with 1,003 Americans on mobile and landline phones from March 26-30, 2014. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.6 percent. Princeton Survey Research Associates International executed the nationwide Reason-Rupe survey.
Among other hot topics, just 42 percent of Americans say college athletes should be paid. Fifty percent of Americans told Reason-Rupe that college basketball players should receive a share of the television revenue. And 64 percent of Americans say college athletes should receive some of the revenue when their jerseys are sold or likenesses are used in video games or on merchandise.
And with Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 still missing, there are no shortages of theories about what happened. Thirty-five percent of Americans think a mechanical problem caused the plane to crash, 22 percent believe the pilots crashed the plane intentionally, 12 percent feel it was destroyed by terrorists, nine percent say the plane landed safely and is in hiding, five percent believe the disappearance is related to supernatural or alien activity and three percent think it was shot down by a foreign government.
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