Politicians behaving badly is by no means a modern phenomenon, but in today's see-all age of social media
, the chances of these stories emerging and embroiling those in government in a scandal are certainly higher than they used to be. According to a new Morning Consult survey
, how damaging the fallout of these incidents proves to be may largely depend on which party you represent.
As our infographic illustrates, Republican voters are generally more forgiving of their party members than Democrats are. If, for example, a Republican was exposed as having worn blackface, 39 percent of GOP supporters would still vote for the politician. This compares to only 15 percent of Democrats in the same situation. The 'indiscretion' most likely to be forgiven on both sides of the political divide is infidelity - 34 percent of Democrats would turn a blind eye to a cheating Democrat, while the figure is 43 percent for Republicans.