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Americans say there is more corruption in Trump era: Survey

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the US Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. (File photo)

Americans say the US society has become significantly more corrupt in the year since Donald Trump became president, a new survey suggests.

According to a survey conducted by Transparency International, a global corruption watchdog, nearly six in 10 say they believe corruption has increased in the last 12 months, up from about a third in January 2016.

In the latest survey published Tuesday, 44 percent of Americans say corruption is widespread in the White House, showing an increase of eight percentage points and overtaking Congress as the part of government most frequently cited as corrupt, the survey found.

“Our elected officials are failing to build back trust in Washington’s ability to serve the people and still appear to represent elite corporate interests,” Transparency’s US Representative Zoe Reiter said in a statement.

The survey also reported that nearly seven in 10 also believe the government is failing to fight corruption, an increasing value from half of respondents in 2016.

During his campaign days, Trump repeatedly vowed to "drain the swamp" and uproot the institutional corruption in the US establishment but his controversial appointments, refusal to release tax returns, and ties with corporate industries made many of those fascinated by his campaign slogan to doubt his resolve.

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The survey was based on computer-assisted telephone interviews conducted with 1,005 adults between October and November and had a margin of error of 3.1 percent, Transparency International said.

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