PREDICTABLY CROOKED LEADERSHIP
Americans look askance at their government: 75 percent now believe the U.S. government is “corrupt” according to a Gallup Analytics review of trends in the last 10 years. “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 the U.S. Justice Department’s firings of U.S. attorneys to the IRS scandal,” the research says.
The low figure in this time period was 66 percent who said the government was corrupt, a phenomenon Gallup calls “disconcerting,” though the pollster points out that at least Americans still feel fairly free to criticize their leadership. And of course, the U.S. is not alone in this sentiment.
On a list of 40 nations with a “free press” Lithuania leads the way: 90 percent of its presidents say government corruption is widespread. Sweden ranks last, where a mere 14 percent of Swedes frown on their government.
“The U.S. does not make the top 10 list, but notably, it is not far from it,” Gallup says in its commentary on those findings. Indeed, America ranks 13th on the list, between Israel and Mauritius, where three fourths of the citizenry also fault a corrupt government.