In what ways did that scandal affect Americans views on and respect for elected officials?

Though it has been nearly 50 years that the Watergate scandal has erupted, ultimately ending in the resignation of President Richard Nixon, its echoes still reverberate in American politics. Respect and trust for elected officials never fully recovered from Watergate and is perhaps even more profound in light of our current political landscape.   In what ways did that scandal affect Americans views on and respect for elected officials?  Point to specific examples to defend your position.

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