August 2, 2012

Corruption #2 Issue for Americans

Corruption is a top issue for Americans87% percent of Americans find, “reducing corruption in the federal government,” to be “extremely,” or, “very important” according to a new Gallup poll on American’s top priorities for the next president.  This is the #2 issue, following only job creation.

Corruption in government usually ranks as an important issue when it is asked about specifically, though it is not as top-of-mind as jobs or the economy.

Particularly, corruption does less well in polls when respondents are asked to volunteer priorities.  However, only 2% thought corruption was not an important issue.  In addition, corruption, like job creation, is one of the few issues that supporters of both presidential hopefuls prioritize the most.

Corruption is a bipartisan issue

This poll comes at a time when SuperPACs, non-profits, and other outside groups hold increasing sway over the campaigns.  And half of that SuperPAC money comes from 22 donors.  Amid new FEC guidelines for disclosure, outside groups openly tout their ability to get around the rules.  Our current campaign finance system and Congressional deadlock has American faith in Congress plummeting to historic lows.

Still, while Americans see corruption as a top issue, it is unclear whether either candidate will make it a key issue in their campaign.  So far, both candidates have made their ideas for the economy along with attacks on their opponent’s ideas for job creation, the centers of their campaigns.  It is likely that the campaigns will continue to build on this message, but this poll indicates that a campaign willing to incorporate government corruption has waiting the wide, bi-partisan support of the American public.

  • jacklohman

    Eliminating corruption will create jobs. Corrupt politicians should hang their heads in shame.

  • Politicians show their contempt for the American citizen every single day. The entire system is corrupt. Replacing one parasite for another will eventually kill the host. I admit I’m clueless as to the answer for this criminal political class, however I have great faith that there are those who do! We don’t need a ” WHITE ” knight in shining armor to rescue us. We need a ground swell of fed up peasants. Leaving this mess to our children and grandchildren, as the merchants of personal responsibility are so fond of expounding, would be a legacy of shame they may never overcome. We at least need to leave them with a fighting chance. The luxury of denial is no longer an option. Our institutions are broken. It is OUR responsibility to admit they need fixing and then FIX THEM.

  • corruption equals money in politics. with wide, bi-partisan support of the American public concerning corruption, they or #WTP know this has to stop before jobs come back. everything both sides are saying is a smoke screen. to support allowing the extraction of cash from the 99%.

    i thought in economics, in developing a business plan, you included your profit margin you wanted. these days it seems that profits are set by what the market will bare, regardless of the cost of doing business or production.

    corruption and money in politics allows this to happen.

    we need to educate the public concerning these issues because they go hand in hand you cant have good jobs with corruption and money in politics.

    part of the smoke screen, they tell you is that insecurity and consumer confidence is the problem. the facts are #WTP have nothing extra to spend. the 1% or so called job creators are not going to risk any funds because they know they will loose, look at facebook.

    corruption and money in politics has sucked the life from the middle class and manufacturing, and are starting on the service based business now.

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