Almost half of Americans believe that corruption is pervasive in the White House under President Trump, a sharp increase over last year, according to a new survey.
A new report out Tuesday compiled by Transparency International, the leading nonprofit organization tracking corruption worldwide, shows Americans have significantly lost faith that their government is ably fighting corruption, compared to last year.
According to the group's 2017 U.S. Corruption Barometer, 44 percent of respondents said that most or all of the officials in the office of the president are corrupt, up from 38 percent at the end of Obama's second term.
"The current U.S. president was elected on a promise of cleaning up American politics and making government work better for those who feel their interests have been neglected by political elites," the report states.
Zoe Reiter, Transparency International's U.S. representative, said that the study was meant to form a basis for understanding how government is failing to uphold high anti-corruption standards and provide a call to action for Americans to respond.
The fact that Trump succeeded in the 2016 election campaigning on an anti-corruption platform shows that Americans intensely care about the issue, Reiter argued, despite the fact that Americans don't see Trump as fulfilling his promises one year into his presidency.
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