Attitudes about corruption at the state level have changed sharply over the past year

Posted at 12:01 am April 24, 1974, in Earlier Press Releases and Polls, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll

While the effects of Watergate continue to adversely influence New Jerseyans’ view of the federal government, attitudes about corruption at the state level have changed sharply over the past year. Local government continues to be seen as the least corrupt level of government. According to the latest New Jersey Poll, conducted by the Eagleton Institute of Rutgers University during early April, 33 percent of those questioned thought the federal government was “very corrupt” compared to 15 percent who gave the same response to an Eagleton survey conducted in March 1973. Further, the current New Jersey Poll shows that 85 percent of those questioned thought the federal government was corrupt to some degree compared to 73 percent who felt that way in March 1973. The current poll shows only 6 percent of the sample felt the federal government was” not at all corrupt” compared to 12 percent giving this response in 1973. The remainder of each sample offered no opinion.

 

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