August 12th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
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CNN Poll: More than half of Americans say Democrats, Republicans are ethical

 More than half of all Americans believe most Democrats (and Republicans) are ethical, according to a new CNN poll.
More than half of all Americans believe most Democrats (and Republicans) are ethical, according to a new CNN poll.

(CNN) – Despite two ongoing, high-profile ethics investigations of two senior House Democrats, more than half of all Americans say most Democrats in Congress are ethical, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll.

Fifty-three percent of respondents say most Democrats are ethical; 52 percent feel the same way about Congressional Republicans.

Full results [pdf]

"In 2006, when the Republicans had a number of congressional ethics investigations, the Democrats had a seven-point edge on that question," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "Those numbers may change if either case drags on in public for a long time."

Americans give members of both parties higher marks on ethics than they did in March, when a CNN poll indicated that 47 percent of Americans felt most Democrats were ethical and 46 percent felt most Republicans were.

New York Rep. Charlie Rangel and California Rep. Maxine Waters are each under investigation by the House Ethics Committee. Rangel is under fire for alleged financial wrongdoing and harming the credibility of Congress; Waters allegedly steered federal bailout money to a bank in which her husband had a financial stake. Both have vowed to fight the charges.

The poll, conducted on August 6-10, surveyed 1,009 Americans, including 935 registered voters. It carries a sampling error of plus/minus 3 percent.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. mj

    CNN – If both parties were just as equal – Why did your Headline only mention Democrats? Talk about bias.

    August 12, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. Republicans is smart in the head area

    So lemme guess. Most Democrats feel that other Democrats are ethical and that Republicans are corrupt while the majority of Republicans feel that Republicans are ethical and Democrats are corrupt. Thanks for the hard hitting investigative journalism CNN.

    August 12, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. Robert J

    I suspect this is because like it or not Democrats speak straight and consistent. They are not daints by any means but they don't parade around talking like they are either.Fairness and caring are what people want. Not the republicans two faced / bald faced lying (all the while with a "smirk" on their face.) Everytime a republican smiles he is lying – just watch when they get cornered in a lie-the "smirk" comes out – Bush / Cheney / Boehner / Cantor / DeLay – You hear a republican lie and he is smileing. Like a kid caught doing wrong.

    August 12, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Cut to the chase. There are thugs, crooks and liar in BOTH parties. Although at least Democrats tend to be selfish at nobody's personal expense or life. Democrats lie, nobody dies.

    August 12, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Brian in MD

    I am not in that "half" that thinks Dems, or anyone else in Congress, is ethical. Where did they conduct the poll, in DC? What a joke of a story, this just serves as fluff for the current administration with CNN being the fluffers.

    August 12, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. G

    Hmmmm....Rangel, Gietner and Dashle don't pay their taxes. Clinton, Edwards, Patterson, McGreevy, Spitzer cheat on their spouses. Frank with an intern scandel and ties to Fannie Mae, Waters diverts tax money to her husband's bank, Clinton takes a bribe for pardon from Mark Rich. Ted Kennedy kills his girlfriend in a DUI and serves no time, Rep Kennedy has muliple DUIs. Pelosi flys a private 747 at tax payer expense, Blagovich is on trial for trying to sell the senate seat. Even Pres. Obama buys a property/house with Tony Resko's wife and is never even investigate....

    NO ONE BELIEVES THAT THE DEMS AREN'T CORRUPT.
    THE DEMS ARE CLEARLY CORRUPT.
    THE DEMS ARE AS CORRUPT OR MORE THAN REPS.

    People support Dems because they believe in their policies and so defend their bad behavior....I don't believe that anyone thinks that the Democratic party is ethical. That would be stupid!

    August 12, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Gil

    They didn't ask me! if you think of newt, Boehner (boner), MCConnel and so many other republicans I would rate them 0% ethical

    August 12, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    If by "ethical" you mean just as corrupt and idiotic as the republicans, then I guess I could get behind that. Have a nice day!

    August 12, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. katiec

    How about that. The American people are finally waking up to the facts that the republicans have stooped to the lowest level ever, obstructing everything regardless of merits, their undying love and support for Wall St, the rich, goals of destroy our president, regardless of the consequences, win at any cost and ignoring us and our country to pursue their goals.
    They have become a disgrace to our country and our once functional political system. Political parties, although there was disagreements etc, use to come together for the good of our country. The republicans have refused to do this and are continuing their further goal of destruction.

    August 12, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Rush Goebbels

    Thats a good number when compared to republicans whose numbers are lower than ant feces.hahaha

    August 12, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. jeff jackson, alabama

    Apparently only democrats were polled.
    What kind of idiots do you think we are CNN?
    Way over half the people I know in both parties
    think MOST politicians are unethical

    August 12, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. billybob 'n NC

    How about a CNN poll to see if Americans think there are toooooooooooooooooooo many meaningless polls?

    August 12, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |