Doubting The Ethics Of Governors

Posted March 12, 2008 at 9:48am

In its deep bag of polls, Gallup always seems to have one for every purpose, and today, the Eliot Spitzer scandal prompted it to dig down in polling it did in 2006 that found that only 22 percent of Americans “held state governors in high esteem for their moral character.” Fifty-two percent of those interviewed rating the honesty or ethics of governers as “average,” leaving 26 percent who said they were “low” or “very low.”

But governors fared better than senators or congressmen who got high marks for honesty and ethics from only 15 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Forty nine percent rated senators as “average” and 35 percent rated them “low,” while 45 percent described the ethics of House members as average and 40 percent said they were low.

Stateline.org had a piece yesterday – the lead’s dated because Spitzer hadn’t resigned yet – about other governors who have survived sex scandals and stayed in office.