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Sunday, September 20, 2015

75% in U.S. See Widespread Government Corruption

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Three in four Americans (75%) last
 year perceived corruption as widespread in the country's
 government. This figure is up from two in three in 2007
 (67%) and 2009 (66%).

Is corruption widespread throughout the government in this country, or not?
While the numbers have fluctuated slightly since 2007, the
 trend has been largely stable since 2010. However, the
 percentage of U.S. adults who see corruption as pervasive
 has never been less than a majority in the past decade, 
which has had no shortage of controversies from theU.S. 
These figures are higher than some might expect, and while
 the lack of improvement is somewhat disconcerting, the
 positive takeaway is that Americans still feel fairly free to
 criticize their government. This is not the case in some parts
 of the world. Questions about corruption are so sensitive in
 some countries that even if Gallup is allowed to ask them
, the results may reflect residents' reluctance to disparage
 their government. This is particularly true in countries where
 media freedom is restricted.
This is why it is most appropriate to look at perceptions of
 corruption through such lenses as the Freedom House's
 Press Freedom rankings. Ratings vary among countries with
 a "free press," including the U.S., and range from a high of
 90% in Lithuania to a low of 14% in Sweden. The U.S. does
 not make the top 10 list, but notably, it is not far from it.
Is corruption widespread throughout the government in this country, or not?
These data are available in Gallup Analytics.
Survey Methods
Results are based on telephone interviews with
 approximately 1,000 U.S. adults each year, aged 15 and
 older, conducted between 2007 and 2014. For results based
 on the total sample of national adults in the U.S., the margin
 of sampling error has typically been ±4.0 percentage points
 at the 95% confidence level.
For results based on the total sample of national adults
 across the 134 countries surveyed in 2014, the margin of
 sampling error ranged from ±2.1 percentage points to ±5.6
 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.
The margin of error reflects the influence of data weighting
. In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical
 difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias
 into the findings of public opinion polls.
For more complete methodology and specific survey dates,
Learn more about how the Gallup World Poll works.

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