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Satisfaction with Morals and Ethics in the US

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(Next, I'm going to read some aspects of life in America today. For each one, please say whether you are--very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied.) How about...the moral and ethical climate?
Gallup Poll, [Jan, 2012]




(Next, I'm going to read some aspects of life in America today. For each one, please say whether you are--very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied.) How about...the moral and ethical climate?
Gallup Poll, [Jan, 2011]




(Next, I'm going to read some aspects of life in America today. For each one, please say whether you are--very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied.)...The moral and ethical climate
Gallup/USA Today Poll, [May, 2009]



Is Lying Ever Justified

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(Thinking about elected officials, that is people elected to public office...As I read a list of personal behaviors please tell me how serious a moral problem you believe it is when an elected official does any of the following.)...Lies to cover up an immoral sexual act...Is this an extremely serious moral problem, very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious or not at all serious?
PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey, [Jun, 2011]




Do you think it is sometimes justified to lie, or do you think lying is never justified?
Associated Press/Ipsos-Public Affairs Poll, [Jun, 2006]




I'm going to read you a list of situations when people sometimes lie. For each one, please tell me whether you think lying in that situation is often okay, sometimes okay, or never okay. How about...lying in order to avoid hurting someone's feelings?
Associated Press/Ipsos-Public Affairs Poll, [Jun, 2006]



Honesty & Ethical Standards of Specific Occupations

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Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields--very high, high, average, low, or very low? How about...advertising practitioners?
Gallup Poll, [Dec, 2013]




(Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields--very high, high, average, low, or very low?) How about...auto mechanics?
Gallup Poll, [Dec, 2013]




(Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields--very high, high, average, low, or very low?) How about...bankers?
Gallup Poll, [Dec, 2013]



Corporate Ethics, Corruption & Scandals

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(Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields--very high, high, average, low, or very low?) How about...business executives?
Gallup Poll, [Dec, 2013]




(Would you favor or oppose each of the following as part of legislation to address the issue of illegal immigration?) How about...requiring business owners to check the immigration status of workers they hire?
Gallup Poll, [Jun, 2013]




(Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields--very high, high, average, low, or very low?) How about...business executives?
Gallup/USA Today Poll, [Nov, 2012]



Congressional Ethics, Corruption & Scandals

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(Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields--very high, high, average, low, or very low?) How about...members of Congress?
Gallup Poll, [Dec, 2013]




(Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields--very high, high, average, low, or very low?) How about...members of Congress?
Gallup/USA Today Poll, [Nov, 2012]




(Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields--very high, high, average, low, or very low?) How about...senators?
Gallup/USA Today Poll, [Nov, 2012]



Ethics of the Presidential Administrations

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Do you think the Obama administration has been honest with the American people about the health care law or has it tried to deceive people?
Sample: National registered voters
Fox News Poll, [Nov, 2013]




Overall, how would you rate the ethical standards of top Obama administration officials--as excellent, good, not good, or poor?
Gallup Poll, [Jun, 2013]




On the issue of the (September 2012) terrorist attack (on the US embassy) in Benghazi, do you think the Obama Administration is mostly telling the truth about what happened, or do you think it is mostly hiding something?
CBS News/New York Times Poll, [May, 2013]



From the Archives


(I'm going to read you some statements that are sometimes made about people who have immigrated from other countries in the last 10 or 15 years. As I read each, please tell me, in general, whether you think that statement applies to immigrants moving here in the past 10 or 15 years or does not apply.)...Are basically good, honest people.
Time/CNN/Yankelovich Partners Poll, [Sep, 1994]




Do you think Bill Clinton is less ethical than most other modern day U.S. (United States) presidents, or more ethical, or just about as ethical as most other modern day presidents?
Note: Asked of registered voters
Los Angeles Times Poll, [Oct, 1996]




Do you think journalism in America is basically ethical, or not? (If basically ethical) Would you say it's essentially ethical, or it needs some improvements? (If not ethical) Would you say it needs many improvements, or is it basically unethical and needs fundamental overhauling?
Los Angeles Times Poll, [Feb, 1985]




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answered Believe-4 when asked "(As I name some news organizations, please rate how much you think you can believe each that I name on a scale of 4 to 1. On this four point scale, '4' means you can believe all or most of what the news organization says, and '1' means you believe almost nothing of what they say.) How would you rate the believability of...CNN on this scale of 4 to 1?"
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Believability Survey, [Jul, 2012]


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