Truth Telling: A Lost Art In 2012 Battle For White House

From Scott Clement At The Washington Post:

By 49 to 42 percent, slightly more voters believe the Obama campaign is “saying things it believes to be true” rather than “intentionally misleading people.” For Romney’s team the numbers are roughly flipped: 43 percent say they are telling the truth, 48 percent not.

The data are sobering after two weeks of party conventions featuring soaring rhetoric as well as Pinocchio-worthy one-liners. There’s little divide on the value of telling the truth: By 65 to 23 percent, more voters say it’s more important to trust what a candidate says than for it to be agreeable. (Note: The poll predated a campaign spat over an attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya).

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