Poll: Americans Feel Money Has Too Much Influence In Politics

| by Sean Kelly

According to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, Americans of both party affiliations agree that money has too much influence on politics and political elections. 

The poll, released in June, highlighted the issue of big money in the campaign process — an issue that has been weighing heavily on voters nationwide and has been given attention by candidates like Democratic-Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Even Republican frontrunner Donald Trump criticized his opponents for being tied down to wealthy donors, notably calling fellow GOP contender Jeb Bush a “puppet," Business Insider reported.

According to the poll, 66 percent of Americans said they believe the wealthy have more of an influence on the election process than other citizens, while 31 percent said they felt all Americans had an equal influence.

Eighty-four percent of those polled said they believe money has too much influence on political campaigns, while just 10 percent said the amount of influence was about right. 

When it came to the question of whether or not the country’s campaign finance system needs changes, 46 percent of those polled said the system for funding political campaigns has so much wrong with it that it needs to be completely rebuilt.

Thirty-nine percent said that while they believe there are good aspects of the campaign finance system as it stands currently, fundamental changes were needed to lessen the influence of big money.

The poll showed that 58 percent of Americans were pessimistic that changes will be made to the campaign finance system, while 39 percent were optimistic. 

Sources: New York Times, Business Insider

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