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Poll: Voters Think Congress Cares More About Donors Than Them

November 10, 2014 | Adam Smith

Executive Summary

Voters are acutely aware that wealthy interests have an increasing influence on the political process and they have a strong appetite for change, according to a new poll conducted during and immediately after Election Day by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner on behalf of campaign finance watchdog Every Voice.

Among the findings: Even as they went to the polls to vote, voters believed that Members of Congress are more concerned about donors than constituents and they think that Congress should pass policies to lift up the voices of everyday people in our political process.

Key Findings

  • Just 11 percent of Democratic voters and 15 percent of Republican voters believe constituents have the most influence on how a member of Congress votes. Special interest groups, lobbyists, and campaign contributors have the most influence, according to voters.
  • Democrats report that a candidate’s stance on money in politics was one of the top issues influencing their vote.
  • There is broad support across party lines for a proposal to overhaul campaign spending. A specific plan focused on matching small donations with public funds wins 70 percent approval, with over two-thirds support from Democrats and Republicans.
  • Campaign spending projects to be an increasingly significant issue moving forward, with the 2016 electorate supportive of reform.