Is political corruption in America getting worse these days? Not really!

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

For years now, polls have shown that Americans generally overestimate the trend of violent crime in this country.

A survey last year by the Pew Center, for example, showed that 56 of Americans thought gun crimes had increased in the past few decades. In reality, gun homicides had decreased by 39 percent, and non-fatal shootings had fallen by 69 percent.

This disconnect between perceptions and facts is largely attributable to popular culture and the news media. Violent crime is staple of TV dramas, and local newscasts are inclined to make a big deal of every crime they cover.

A similar situation pertains to public attitudes about political corruption. The problem is simply not as bad as most people think, as we see HERE:

It may seem that corruption in American politics is on the rise.

The public sees it that way. According to Gallup, Americans think that political corruption has become more widespread over the past several years.

And yet the best data we have on political corruption doesn’t bear that out. The Public Integrity Section of the Justice Department reports statistics on corruption cases to Congress every year, and although it might be a stretch to say that the country has gotten less corrupt over time, the problem certainly hasn’t grown…

[I]t’s safest to conclude that the level of corruption has stayed about the same over the past 20 years.