Americans no longer merely just disapprove of their government – they believe that their elected officials are using office for personal gain, not public service:
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters believe that most members of Congress are corrupt. Just 28% disagree, and another 24% are not sure.
Corruption is a tricky thing to define. We think it’s unlikely that 48 percent of voters believe members of Congress are breaking the law by accepting actual bribes every day. What 48 percent of voters are noticing is the institutionalized form of legal corruption that lives in plain sight. It pervades Congress, where money buys political outcomes everyday.