Public confidence in MPs fell steeply between 2008 and 2010, research by the standards watchdog has suggested.
The percentage of people in England who think MPs are dedicated to working well for the public dropped from 46% to 26%.
The Committee on Standards in Public Life said its survey indicated concerns “with self-serving behaviour” by MPs overshadowed other issues.
The watchdog said it would be “strange” if the expenses scandal had not contributed to public unhappiness.
Four former MPs have gone to prison for expenses fraud while a fifth has been charged but is yet to stand trial.
The watchdog’s survey of 1,900 people was carried out in early 2011, 19 months after the MPs’ expenses scandal broke.
Although it shows a “long-term decline in public confidence in those holding public office” since 2004, the report says that on many issues, the decline since 2008 has been even “steeper”.
It suggests there has been no “bounce” in confidence since the new government came to power – or if there was one it was short lived and died out before the survey was conducted.
“Public satisfaction with the conduct of MPs has declined on every measure except taking bribes since the last survey was conducted,” the report said.
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- Judges – 80%
- Senior police – 73%
- TV journalists – 58%
- Top civil servants – 41%
- Broadsheet journalists – 41%
- Local MPs – 40%
- Ministers – 26%
- MPs in general – 26%
- Tabloid journalists – 16%
To be fair…I think the cops came out rather well-considering…
Love the journos were AT THE BOTTOM! They would be happy with that though, I mean, it’s what they worked for eh?