While California's voters say that they are "alarmed" by a series of arrests of state lawmakers related to corruption charges in Sacramento, most feel that any wrongdoing is not widespread. This is a according to a statewide poll that was released on Saturday.
The University of Southern California Dornsife-Los Angeles Times poll notes that 84 percent of voters are either "very or somewhat concerned" about corruption in the Legislature, but most also believe the trouble is limited to a small number of lawmakers. This sentiment also cuts across party lines.
The findings come days before the state’s Tuesday primary election, which has been shaded by the cases that all involve Democrats.
Sens. Ronald Calderon of Montebello and Leland Yee of San Francisco (pictured) were indicted earlier this year on federal bribery and corruption charges, while Sen. Rod Wright of Inglewood was convicted of perjury and voter fraud in January.
Voters were split on lawmakers’ overall performance, with 41 percent approving and 40 percent disapproving. Most voters also support overhauling the Legislature’s ethics rules; 99 favor expelling legislators who have been convicted of a serious crime. Three out of four respondents also said that they favor banning legislators from accepting gifts from special interests and lobbyists. The same number also would be in favor of requiring candidates to accept campaign contributions only from people who live in their districts.
The survey of 1,500 voters conducted in late May has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.