Lone Star State politics: Theatrically partisan and weirder than the average Cirque du Soleil spectacle. So, in a poll searching for the most and least politically corrupt U.S. states, would you ever expect Texas not to make both lists?
Results of Monmouth University poll released Thursday, gathered from a sample of Americans 18 and older, place Texas at No. 1 on the list of states with the least political corruption and at No. 5 on the most-corrupt list. (The breakdown: 7 percent of respondents said our statesmen’s hands were clean, and 5 percent said something fishy is happening at the end of Congress Avenue.)
According to the poll, partisan sentiment reared its head, as it is wont to do. Among Republicans polled, 11 percent gave Texas the top spot on the nice list, and 7 percent of independents did the same. It was also the No. 2 choice on Democrats’ naughty list, though.
Across the country, residents of the northeast, midwest and southwest/mountain regions gave Texas kudos for political integrity. But on the list of most corrupt states, it made the top three only according to residents in the southwest/mountain region. For what it’s worth, NPR’s analysis of the poll links to a FiveThirtyEight chart that places Texas in the upper echelon of overall corruption convictions among U.S. states.
Oh, and the most corrupt state? Everyone polled — Republicans, Democrats, independents, all regions — says it’s New York. Concrete jungle, baby. Concrete jungle.