With near unanimity, the public thinks the country’s campaign finance system needs significant changes.
It’s been five years since the Citizens United Supreme Court decision opened the door for elites to buy elections—and the public is fed up.
According to the poll, 84% of Americans believe money has too much influence on political campaigns, while 54% believe our elected officials promote policies that help campaign donors over policies that help the general public.
39% of those polled stated, “There are some good things in the system for funding political campaigns but fundamental changes are needed,” while 46% stated, “The system for funding political campaigns has so much wrong with it that we need to completely rebuild it.”
When asked whether people were optimistic or pessimistic that changes would be made to improve political campaign finance, 58% responded that they were pessimistic.
And when people were asked whether they favored limiting the amount of money individuals could contribute to political campaigns, or whether they favored allowing individuals to contribute as much money as they wanted, 77% said they were in favor of limiting the amount.
To see how the two major parties are divided on certain issues, check out the full poll here.
Do you guys think campaign finance is a form of free speech, protected under the First Amendment, as Citizens United established?
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