Poll looks at ethical performance among elected officials on the local, state, and national level

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Before choosing who to vote for there are some questions people often ask themselves.

A recent poll conducted by Leaderethics Wisconsin asked its members how they view ethical leadership in our local, state, and federal governments.

The organization is designed to promote ethical performance among elected leaders.

It asked four principal questions: Are political leaders are transparent, truthful, unite the public, and represent all constituents?

The goal of this poll is to give the organization an idea of where people are and are not comfortable with the government.

This allows them to reach out and talk to elected officials about how the public feels and work with community members to help them advocate for themselves.

“It’s good to know where we stand in terms of whether we can trust our government that we participate in and that makes decisions for us,” said Catherine Kolkmeier, board member of the organization.

Forty-three people responded to the survey.

From their answers,  it found that 67% agree or strongly agree that our local officials follow ethical principals.

That wasn’t the case on the national level though.

91% say they disagree or strongly disagree that national elected officials are ethical, saying they do not unify or represent all of their constituents.

Opinions about the state level fell in the middle, with 72% saying they disagree or strongly disagree that state officials are ethical.

The poll also asked questions about political ads and social media.