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 ObamaNew Hampshire Rep. Kuster endorses Buttigieg Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall Ray LaHood backs Biden for president MORE, and Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonDemocratic group plans mobile billboard targeting Collins on impeachment Political science has its limits when it comes to presidential prediction Walsh plans protest at RNC headquarters over 'nakedly anti-Democratic' primary cancellations 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 ManafortTreasury adviser pleads guilty to making unauthorized disclosures in case involving Manafort DOJ argues Democrats no longer need Mueller documents after impeachment vote Trump had brief encounter with Giuliani on Saturday 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 PelosiOvernight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon Hillicon Valley: FBI to now notify state officials of cyber breaches | Pelosi rips 'shameful' Facebook | 5G group beefs up lobby team | Spotify unveils playlists for pets Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' MORE (D-Calif.) accused Trump last week of engendering "a culture of cronyism and corruption in D.C."

— Julia Manchester