What Americans Think About the Recent Political Sex Scandals

Political sex scandals pervade the news headlines, but are there actually more scandals recently, or are they just being discovered more often now than they were before? In a recent survey done by the Pew Research Center and the Washington Post, participants were asked whether they thought these recent scandals were due to lower moral standards, or if there are just more people getting caught because of greater scrutiny. The majority of those surveyed believe that politicians are simply being caught more often. Of the 19% who believe that politicians have lower moral standard, most say that it is because positions of power tend to corrupt people, while the rest say it is because positions of power attract those types of people.

The majority of people from all genders, age groups, and political affiliations agree that politicians just get caught more often. Slightly more older people than younger people believe that politicians have lower moral standards, and more democrats than republicans believe that they get caught more often. Also, slightly more women than men believe that they get caught more often.

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