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New Poll: Voters Think Congress Doesn’t Listen to Them, Support Campaign Reforms

November 10, 2014 | Adam Smith

Washington, D.C.— 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.

“A candidate’s position on money in politics can have a clear electoral impact,” said Stan Greenberg, president of Democracy Corps. “The issue will be even more important going forward and could be come a powerful campaign issue in 2016.”

“If there’s one issue that Republicans, Democrats, and Independents all agree on, it’s that our political system benefits the wealthy and well-connected at the expense of everyday people,” said Rahna Epting, chief of staff at Every Voice. “Voters are tired of this status quo and strongly support policies to raise their voices in the political process.

Top line 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.

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Greenberg Quinlan Rosner conducted the national survey of 904 likely 2016 voters (1429 unweighted), including 588 2014 voters (1030 unweighted) from November 3-5, 2014, using a list of 2010 voters, 2012 voters, and new registrants. Unless otherwise noted, the margin of error for the full sample is +/-2.59 % at 95% confidence.


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