57 Percent Say the Obama Administration Is Not the Most Transparent Ever


"This is the most transparent administration in history," President Obama has said. The new Reason-Rupe poll, however, finds 57 percent of Americans disagree with the president's statement. Only 37 percent of Americans think the Obama administration is the most transparent in history.

Eighty-one percent of Republicans, 61 percent of independents, and 34 percent of Democrats say the Obama administration is not the most transparent administration in history.

As income rises, Americans become more skeptical of President Obama's transparency assertion. About half of Americans making less than $50,000 a year disagree with the president's promise compared to 68% of Americans making more than $90,000 a year disagree.

A majority (54 percent) of Hispanics disagree that the current administration is the most transparent while 41 percent agree. Nearly two-thirds of white Americans disagree while more than two-thirds of African-Americans agree that Obama's administration is most transparent.

A plurality of young Americans 18-24 agree with President Obama on his administration's transparency, but 60 percent of older millennials (35-34) disagree.  Roughly 6 in 10 Americans over 35 also disagree the Obama administration is the most transparent in history.

Nationwide telephone poll conducted Dec 4-8 2013 interviewed 1011 adults on both mobile (506) and landline (505) phones, with a margin of error +/- 3.7%. Princeton Survey Research Associates International executed the nationwide Reason-Rupe survey. Columns may not add up to 100% due to rounding. Full poll results, detailed tables, and methodology found here. Sign up for notifications of new releases of the Reason-Rupe poll here.