Poll: Americans Want Supreme Court To Tighten Restrictions On Campaign Finance

| by Sean Kelly
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A Bloomberg Politics national poll revealed that a majority of Americans support overturning the controversial Citizens United ruling and tightening restrictions on campaign finance.

The poll, published on Sept. 28, showed that 78 percent of those surveyed said the Citizens United ruling should be overturned, with just 17 percent calling it a good decision. 

“Wow. Wow. I'm stunned,” University of Chicago constitutional law professor David Strauss told Bloomberg Politics. “What it suggests is that Citizens United has become a symbol for what people perceive to be a much larger problem, which is the undue influence of wealth in politics.”

Citizens United, a 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court, said corporations have a First Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts of money in support of political causes or campaigns.

The 2010 decision triggered the rise of large political action committees, known as super PACs, and is expected to contribute hundreds of millions of dollars into the 2016 presidential race.

“I would have assumed that by now there would have been a more partisan context to it,” critic Trevor Potter, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, said.

“This one is not seen in partisan context, just with overwhelming disapproval. The reason, I think, is that most people don’t think that corporations and unions have First Amendment rights to engage in campaign activity.”

Sources: Bloomberg, Reddit / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons