Three out of Four Americans Think Political Parties Are Corrupt

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July 17 2013 6:45 AM

Three out of Four Americans Think Political Parties Are Corrupt

The institutions most Americans view as corrupt, charted.

The U.S. institution Americans most widely view as corrupt is political parties, with three-fourths of 1,000 respondents describing the parties as “corrupt” or “very corrupt,” according to a corruption report released by Transparency International earlier this month. Most respondents also viewed Congress, public officials, the media, and business as corrupt. The graphic above compares Americans' perceptions of different public institutions according to the survey. In two-fifths of the 107 countries surveyed, respondents most frequently perceived political parties to be corrupt.