Ethics and Politics: A Data-Driven Learning Guide
Interpretation & Summary
Think about your answers to the application questions before you click through to the interpretation guide for help in answering them.
With which political party did most respondents in this sample identify in terms of partisanship?
Partisanship and Public Opinion
Do Republicans and Democrats view the President's Administration similarly? Did Independents respond more like Republicans or Democrats?
What percentage of Republicans said the actions represented a minor or technical crime? What percentage of Democrats said it was a serious crime? What about Independents? Are there clear partisan differences here?
What percentage of Democrats said "facts of the case"? What percentage of Republicans said "political motivations"? What did a majority of Independents say? Are there partisan differences here?
Ethics: Perceptions through Partisanship
Do Democrats and Republicans differ in their perceptions about the state of ethics and honesty in government? What did most Republican respondents say? What did most Democrats say?
What percentage of Republicans said Bush's handling of ethics in the government was excellent? What percentage of Democrats said "poor"? How did most Independents rate Bush's ethics? Are the differences large?
Do Republicans and Democrats view the implications of the Libby indictment through a partisan lens? How did most Republicans view the case? How did most Democrats view the case? What about Independents? Do the bar charts help illustrate the pattern?
CITATION: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. Ethics in Government: A Data-Driven Learning Guide. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 07-07-2009. Doi:10.3886/ethics
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