Ethics and Politics: A Data-Driven Learning Guide Go to Resource


Ethics are a set of moral or governing principles for an individual or group, usually referring to behavior. In politics, violating ethical codes of conduct by using political office for personal gain usually leads to scandal. Citizens expect political leaders to use their power responsibly and frown upon actions that question the character of elected officials. Elected officials are often held to an especially high standard of ethics. Ethics violations do not have to be legal violations.

Partisanship is generally defined as an individual's inclination to favor one political party over another and is often related to an individual's beliefs and attitudes. Knowing someone's partisan identity gives researchers insight into their attitudes toward political issues and preferences for candidates.

The goal of this exercise is to explore citizens' perceptions of ethics in politics through partisanship. Crosstabs will be used.

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