- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Well, it looks like the cheating cad is better than the dubious schemer, at least in theory.

“American voters dislike a politician who abuses official power more than an elected official caught in an extramarital affair,” reports Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, which asked 1,536 registered voters their opinion on such matters from March 26-31.

“Voters clearly see a difference between personal and official scandals. Committing adultery is far less damaging to a politician than abusing their office,” Mr. Malloy observes.

And the numbers: the favorable rating of an adulterous lawmaker was 36 percent — compared to 22 percent for the elected official who abused power. Another 39 percent would re-elect that romantically erring official, compared to 24 percent who would re-elect the power-abuser.