Poll: Americans Favor Overhaul Of Campaign Financing

| by Sean Kelly
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According to a new poll, a large number of Americans believe there’s too much money in politics and favor an overhaul of campaign financing.

The poll, conducted by the New York Times and CBS News, showed that a total of 84 percent of people surveyed believe that money holds too much influence in political campaigns. Five percent of people think there’s too little influence of money on campaigns, and 10 percent think the amount of influence is just right.

Eighty percent of the Republicans surveyed said there was too much influence, while 90 percent of Democrats and 84 percent of Independents agreed.

The amount of money allowed in campaigns has been a point of intense debate amongst those in Washington for some time, with 2016  presidential candidate and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont focusing much of his campaign on the issue and the Citizens United controversy. The Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling essentially allowed for unlimited funds in political campaigns.

I think it’s an obscene thing the Supreme Court did,” participant Teri Holland said in a follow-up interview to the poll. “The old-boy system is kind of dead, but now it’s the rich system. The rich decide what’s going to happen because the Supreme Court allows PACs to have civil rights.”

According to the poll, 77 percent of Americans surveyed supported limiting the amount of money that can be contributed to a campaign. While Democrats were deemed more likely to hold said opinion, majorities of all parties agreed with campaign contribution restrictions. 

The poll was conducted between May 28 and May 31 by phone, and there were approximately 1,022 random adult participants. 

Sources: New York Times, CBS News

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