Majority of Americans think money plays too big a role in politics
June 2nd, 2015
By NICK GASS 6/2/15 8:32 AM EDT
Democrats and Republicans alike think money carries too much influence in American politics, according to a poll released Tuesday by The New York Times and CBS News. And a majority of Americans say there needs to be fundamental changes to the way political campaigns are funded or that the system needs to be rebuilt.
Money plays too big of a role in deciding winners and losers of political races, 84 percent responded. Just 5 percent said it is not influential enough, and 10 percent thought things are about where they should be.
At the same time, 58 percent said they were pessimistic that any changes would happen, compared to 39 percent who expressed optimism. More than three-quarters of respondents said that individual and group contributions should be limited, and 75 percent said that groups unaffiliated with candidates should be required to publicly disclose their donors.
A majority_54 percent_ also said that it did not consider money given to political candidates a form of free speech protected by the First Amendment, as the Supreme Court ruled in the landmark 2010 Citizens United case that gave rise to super PACs.
The poll was conducted May 28-31 via telephone, surveying 1,022 Americans, carrying an overall margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points.