Nearly 9 in 10 Americans agree that there is way too much corporate money in politics, and 51 percent strongly agree, according to a new poll released today by the Corporate Reform Coalition. The survey, conducted by Bannon Communications, found overwhelming support for strong, common sense reforms to ensure transparency and accountability for corporate political spending.
• 81 percent of Americans agree that companies should only spend money on political campaigns if they disclose their spending immediately; 80 percent agree that companies should only spend money on political campaigns if they get prior shareholder approval.
• Huge majorities of Americans across the political spectrum condemn corporate political spending and support strong reforms. For example, requiring corporations to get shareholder approval before spending money on politics is supported by 73 percent of both Republicans and Democrats, and 71 percent of Independents.
• 84 percent of Americans agree that corporate political spending drowns out the voices of average Americans, and 83 percent believe that corporations and corporate CEOs have too much political power and influence.
- Read the Press Release
- Read the Executive Summary from Bannon Communications Research
- See the Top Line Findings
- Read analysis from Demos
Pew Research Center, January 17, 2012
Super PACs Having Negative Impact, Say Voters Aware of ‘Citizens United’ Ruling
Democracy Corps, January 2012
Two years after Citizens United, voters fed up with money in politics
Americans for Campaign Reform and Committee for Economic Development, October 2011
Granite State Poll
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Free Speech For People, January 2011
Impressions Of The Citizens United Decision And A Proposed Constitutional Amendment To Overturn It
New York Times, October 2010
Americans Want Disclosure and Limits on Campaign Spending
People For the American Way, February 2010
USA News Poll
Summary: A Survey USA poll commissioned by People For the American Way in February 2010 found that 75% of Americans believe that publicly traded companies should get shareholder approval before spending money in an election. Although support for shareholder protection was strong in all ideological groups surveyed, Republicans and those who identified as conservative were more likely to support shareholder protection provisions than Democrats and those who identified as liberals. 79% of Republicans and 76% of conservatives agreed that companies should get shareholder approval for election spending, as did 75% of Independents and 81% of self-identified moderates. 74% of Democrats and 65% of liberals agreed.
Brennan Center for Justice, February 2010
What Does Recent Polling after Citizens United Show? (Pg.2)
Center for Political Accountability, 2008
Nationwide Survey of Members of Corporate Boards of Directors
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