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.
Aside from the fact that least two high-profile Democratic corruption trials are coming up in the House, the fact that Pelosi herself has done some things that don’t appear terribly ethical probably doesn’t give voters a reason to feel a lot better about Capitol Hill.