Voters see an unethical Congress

Despite promising “the most honest, most open, most ethical Congress in history,” voters don’t believe that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has kept her word:

Most voters think Congress’s ethics have gotten worse in the past two years, according to a new poll in key battleground districts.

The finding suggests that people likely to have a big say in who controls the House in the next Congress believe that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has failed to keep her 2006 promise to “drain the swamp” of congressional corruption.

The Hill/ANGA 2010 Midterm Election Poll finds that 57 percent of likely voters in 12 competitive districts believe that the ethical situation on Capitol Hill has deteriorated since President Obama took office. Thirty-two percent of respondents say there has been no change, and only 7 percent claim it has improved.

Though it was released before this poll, a recent follow-up on this claim by the Associated Press founds the sentiment of the voter to be accurate, as several Democratic representatives are currently facing ethics accusations and charges, including Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).

There have been some reforms, but the ethics issues still remain.

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