Hardly a week goes by without news of another high-profile corruption scandal in Spain. Several theories seek to explain the phenomenon.
More than 85 percent of Spaniards believe corruption in Spain is "very widespread" or "fairly widespread," according to a new opinion poll conducted by the Madrid-based Sociological Research Center (CIS), an agency that provides the Spanish government with polling data. Only 0.2 percent of those polled believe corruption is "not widespread" in Spain.
More surprising (or maybe not) is the poll's finding that most Spaniards view their fellow countrymen as relatively ambivalent about the corruption in Spain. Of those polled, 41.5 percent say Spaniards are "fairly tolerant" and 20 percent say they are "very tolerant" of corruption in Spain. More than 50 percent of those surveyed say Spaniards "almost never" or "never" obey the law.