Mini Poll: No Monopoly On Vice Or Virtue


In general, in which group's ethics do you have the least amount of confidence?


Auto mechanics:
 2%
Bankers:
 8%
Bounty hunters:
 4%
Clowns:
 3%
Corporate executives:
 22%
Elected officials:
 24%
Journalists:
 5%
Lawyers:
 8%
Stockbrokers:
 6%
Telemarketers:
 18%

 


With which of the following statements do you most agree?


I expect public officials to be as good as I am:
 44%
I expect public officials to be better than I am:
 31%
I expect the worst in public officials -- and I am rarely disappointed:
 25%

Democratic Voters:

I expect public officials to be as good as I am:
 44%
I expect public officials to be better than I am:
 31%
I expect the worst in public officials -- and I am rarely disappointed:
 25%

Republican Voters:

I expect public officials to be as good as I am:
 39%
I expect public officials to be better than I am:
 35%
I expect the worst in public officials -- and I am rarely disappointed:
 26%

 


What is your highest expectation of a public official?


That they make decisions with which a majority of their constituents agrees:
 44%
That they follow their best judgment, even if a majority of their constituents disagrees:
 56%

 


What is your lowest expectation of a public official?


That they not get caught:
 11%
That they apologize when caught:
 19%
That they resign when disgraced:
 70%

 


What do you think is the most important quality for a public official to have?


Compassion:
 5%
Competence:
 23%
Eloquent speechwriter:
 1%
Good appearance/hair:
 1%
Integrity:
 65%
Strong work-ethic:
 5%

Democratic Voters:

Compassion:
 6%
Competence:
 24%
Eloquent speechwriter:
 1%
Good appearance/hair:
 1%
Integrity:
 63%
Strong work-ethic:
 5%

Republican Voters:

Compassion:
 2%
Competence:
 20%
Eloquent speechwriter:
 1%
Good appearance/hair:
 1%
Integrity:
 69%
Strong work-ethic:
 6%

 


Which are the worst sorts of behaviors by public officials?


Drug or alcohol abuse issues:
 3%
Incompetence issues:
 17%
Arrogance/indifference issues:
 28%
Adultery or infidelity issues:
 2%
Stealing or bribery issues:
 50%

 


Do you believe that the media makes too much or too little of the personal lives of candidates for public office?


Too much:
 60%
Too little:
 9%
Just about right:
 31%

Democratic Voters:

Too much:
 59%
Too little:
 8%
Just about right:
 33%

Republican Voters:

Too much:
 63%
Too little:
 12%
Just about right:
 25%

 


Do you believe that, by and large, Missouri's elected officials are more ethical than those in Illinois?


Yes, Missouri officials are more ethical:
 30%
No, Illinois officials are more ethical:
 3%
They're about the same:
 68%

 


Which of the following state officials would you regard as most responsible for ensuring that the state’s public officials act in an ethical manner?


Chris Koster, Missouri Attorney General:
 35%
Jim Wright, Chairman of the Missouri Ethics Commission:
 36%
Ronald K. Replogle, Commandant of the Missouri Highway Patrol:
 3%
Richard B. (Rick) Teitelman, Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court:
 9%
Tom Schweich, Missouri State Auditor:
 13%
Kevin Gunn, Chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission:
 4%

Democratic Voters:

Chris Koster, Missouri Attorney General:
 34%
Jim Wright, Chairman of the Missouri Ethics Commission:
 39%
Ronald K. Replogle, Commandant of the Missouri Highway Patrol:
 1%
Richard B. (Rick) Teitelman, Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court:
 11%
Tom Schweich, Missouri State Auditor:
 10%
Kevin Gunn, Chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission:
 4%

Republican Voters:

Chris Koster, Missouri Attorney General:
 38%
Jim Wright, Chairman of the Missouri Ethics Commission:
 29%
Ronald K. Replogle, Commandant of the Missouri Highway Patrol:
 5%
Richard B. (Rick) Teitelman, Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court:
 7%
Tom Schweich, Missouri State Auditor:
 17%
Kevin Gunn, Chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission:
 4%

 


Do you believe that, by and large, Missouri's elected officials are more ethical than those in Washington, DC?


Yes, Missouri officials are more ethical:
 23%
No, Washington, DC officials are more ethical:
 4%
They're about the same:
 73%

 


Do you believe that ethics in government is a greater problem today than it was five years ago?


Yes, it is worse now than ever before:
 36%
No, it is about the same:
 26%
No, things are better now:
 1%
No, it is about the same or better now, but we are more aware of ethical problems thanks to TV and the Internet:
 37%

 


Which of the following reasons do you think is the stronger motivation most people have for running for elected office?


To serve the public:
 30%
For personal gain:
 70%

Democratic Voters:

To serve the public:
 34%
For personal gain:
 66%

Republican Voters:

To serve the public:
 19%
For personal gain:
 81%

 


Could you imagine yourself running for elective office in the next 10 years?


Yes:
 16%
No:
 84%

 


Which of the following reasons is the most compelling reason why you would not seek elected office yourself?


I couldn't afford to give up my other job:
 24%
I wouldn't want the relentless scrutiny of my own behavior:
 20%
I wouldn't want the relentless scrutiny of my family's behavior:
 16%
I couldn't stand the constant company of my fellow elected officials:
 36%
I currently hold a public office or aspire to be a candidate some day:
 4%

 


For which major political party’s candidates do you vote more often?


Democrats:
 71%
Republicans:
 27%
I never vote for either one:
 2%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.