Perceptions of corruption in the U.S., by institution in 2013

This statistic shows public perceptions of corruption in the United States in 2013, by institution. In a survey conducted between September 2012 and March 2013 in 107 countries around the world, people were asked to what extent they see the following institutions to be affected by corruption in their country (political parties; parliament/legislature; military; NGOs; media; religious bodies; business/private sector; education system; judiciary; medical and health services; police; public officials/civil servants). In 2013, political parties were seen as the most corrupt institutions in the United States with a score of 4.1 on a scale of 1 to 5.

Public perceptions of corruption in selected countries in the U.S. in 2013, by institution

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Release date

July 2013


United States

Survey time period

September 2012 to March 2013

Number of respondents

About 1,000 U.S. residents

Method of interview

Computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI)

Supplementary notes

During the survey the question was posed as followes:
To what extent do you see the following categories to be affected by corruption in this country? Please answer on a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 means ‘not at all corrupt’ and 5 means ‘extremely corrupt’.
A – Political parties
B – Parliament/legislature
C – Military
D – NGOs
E – Media
F – Religious bodies
G – Business/private sector
H – Education system
I – Judiciary
J – Medical and health services
K – Police
L – Public officials/civil servants.

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