A recent poll performed by the NY Times and CBS News confirms that Americans believe that money is causing major problems with our politics.
A stunning 84% say that money has too much influence on political campaigns, and 85% say that candidates who win public office then promote policies that favor people and groups who donated money to their campaigns (55% say “most of the time” and another 30% say “sometimes”). And 66% say that the wealthy have more of a chance to influence elections than other Americans.
But the interesting result is that Americans are virtually unanimous in saying that our campaign finance system needs changes. 13% says that only minor changes are needed, 39% (3 times more) say that fundamental changes are needed, and a whopping 46% wants to throw our current system away and completely rebuild it. Absolutely nobody answered that no changes were needed.
The poll goes on in the same way about what to do. 78% say that spending on advertising should be limited. 75% say that donors should be publicly disclosed. And 54% say that donating money to political candidates is not free speech (Citizens United notwithstanding).
There’s just one big fat ironic problem with this poll. They clearly only polled the 99%. If the 1% has as much power as this poll suggests, then everyone else’s opinion doesn’t matter.