Poll: Americans largely in favor of campaign spending limitations
by Morgan Little
The Los Angeles Times, September 16, 2012


“An Associated Press-National Constitution Center poll found that 83% believe there should be at least some limits on the amount of money corporations, unions and other organizations are permitted to contribute to groups seeking to influence the outcome of presidential and congressional races. And 67% think that limits should also be placed on individual contributions to campaigns. That matches up with just 13% who don’t want limits on external contributions, and 28% who repudiate limits on individuals.

The poll comes during the first post-Citizens United presidential election, stemming from the 2010 Supreme Court decision which ceased limitations on campaign expenditures aimed toward independent organizations made by corporations, ruling them to be free speech protected under the Constitution.”

For the full L.A. Times story, click here.

The raw poll can be found here (see question #CF4 on page 21 of the PDF).

Update 9/19/12: The pollsters at GfK were kind enough to send us the cross-tabs, and they show the same strong, trans-partisan support we’ve seen all along.

81% of Republicans, 78% of independents, and 85% of Democrats comprise the 83% overall who say “there should be limits on the amount of money corporations, unions, and other organizations can contribute to outside organizations trying to influence campaigns for president, Senate, and U.S. House.”