Pollster: Trump administration ranks lower than predecessors on ethics

Pollster Dan Cox said on Wednesday the Trump administration ranks lower than its three most recent predecessors on the issue of ethics. 

"There's a perception that this administration has a little bit of an ethical problem," Cox, who is the research director at the Public Religion Research Institute, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

"Gallup has trend data going back a few administrations, which asked how ethically competent are members of the administration, and Trump ranks much lower than George W. Bush, Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Memo: Trump's strengths complicate election picture Obama shares phone number to find out how Americans are planning to vote Democrats' troubling adventure in a 'Wonderland' without 'rule of law' MORE, and Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonEpstein podcast host says he affiliated with elites from 'both sides of the aisle' Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose at Supreme Court Business groups start gaming out a Biden administration MORE's administration," he continued. 

Thirty-seven percent of respondents said they would rate the Trump administration's ethical standards as "excellent" or "good," according to the Gallup survey, which was released in May. 

Fifty-percent of respondents said they would rate the Obama administration's ethical standards as "excellent" or good" in June of 2013, while 51 percent said the same about Bush's administration in October of 2005. 

Fifty-seven percent of respondents gave the Clinton administration "excellent" or "good" ratings on ethical standards in March of 1994. 

Trump has faced backlash in recent days over the legal developments surrounding his former campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortOur Constitution is under attack by Attorney General William Barr Bannon trial date set in alleged border wall scam Conspicuous by their absence from the Republican Convention MORE, and former personal attorney Michael Cohen. 

Manafort was found guilty last week of eight counts of tax and bank fraud, while Cohen on the same day pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including campaign finance violations in which he implicated the president.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing, however, his opponents have used the developments to target him. 

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHoyer: House should vote on COVID-19 aid — with or without a bipartisan deal Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose at Supreme Court McCarthy threatens motion to oust Pelosi if she moves forward with impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) accused Trump last week of engendering "a culture of cronyism and corruption in D.C."

— Julia Manchester