Trump rated worse on ethics than predecessors going back to Nixon: Gallup

Trump rated worse on ethics than predecessors going back to Nixon: Gallup
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Americans view President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE as having lower ethical standards than each of his six predecessors, according to a new poll, and significantly less than half say he has better ethics than former President Richard Nixon.

The Gallup survey published Thursday found that more than 60 percent of Americans rate Trump worse on ethics than former Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. And more than 50 percent of Americans rated him as worse on ethics than former Presidents Barack ObamaBarack Hussein Obama4 ways Hillary looms over the 2020 race Obama goes viral after sporting black bomber jacket with '44' on sleeve at basketball game Obama attends UNC-Duke basketball game MORE, Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonInviting Kim Jong Un to Washington Howard Schultz must run as a Democrat for chance in 2020 Trump says he never told McCabe his wife was 'a loser' MORE and Jimmy Carter.

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The poll also found that 43 percent of Americans rate Trump worse on ethics than Nixon, who was forced to resign over the Watergate scandal, and only 37 percent rate him higher than Nixon. Another 9 percent said the two were approximately equal on ethics.

The survey was conducted from Sept. 3-9 and was based on surveys of more than 1,500 adults in all 50 states. Its margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Trump has been dogged by scandals since his 2016 campaign and throughout his presidency, ranging from accusations of political interference with the Justice Department to claims self-enrichment based on the use of Trump properties.

Additionally, special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and any possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. Mueller is also looking into whether Trump has attempted to obstruct justice in the investigation.