Poll Finds 80% Of REPUBLICANS Agree With Bernie Sanders On Citizens United


Sen. Bernie Sanders is often characterized by the media as an out of the mainstream presidential candidate, but a new CBS/New York Times poll revealed that 80% of Republicans agree with Sanders on the issue of getting money out of politics.

The CBS/NYT poll found that:

– 80% of Republicans believe that money has too much influence in our politics.

– 54% believed that most of the time candidates directly help those who gave money to them.

– 81% of Republicans felt that the campaign finance system needed fundamental changes (45%) or a complete rebuild (36%).

– 64% are pessimistic that changes will be made to reform the campaign finance system.

– 71% want to limit the amount that individuals can give to campaigns.

– 73% felt that super PAC spending should be limited by law.

– 76% thought that superPACs should be required to disclose their donors.

All of these positions are held by Bernie Sanders, and the opinion of the majority on each question is the exact opposite of the reasoning used by the majority of the Supreme Court in the Citizens United decision.

Where Republicans differ from the rest of the country is that a substantial number (48%) believe that money is free speech, and they believe that both parties benefit equally (62%), but among those who picked a party that benefitted more, they felt that Democrats (24%) benefitted more from the current campaign finance system than Republicans (6%). Fifty-five percent of Independents and 53% of Democrats felt that money is not free speech. Fifty-two percent of Democrats believe that Republicans benefit more from the current system.

In 2012, Sen. Sanders laid out why Citizens United is the threat to our representative democracy:

This is unprecedented and it is the most savage attack against American democracy, and the concept of one person, one vote that we have seen in our lifetime, and what it is is saying if you are a billionaire, you can buy elections. You can by politicians, and by the way, on the floor of the Senate, on the floor of the House, you can intimidate members, because you will be saying to them if you are going to vote against Wall Street, or the insurance companies, or the military industrial complex, you just do that, and we’re going to have millions of dollars in thirty-second ads in your state this weekend.”

So this whole effort to put huge unprecedented unbelievable amounts of money is the one percent saying look, we’re not content that the top one percent owns forty percent of the wealth. We want more. We want more. We want more, and we’re going to buy the political process to get what we want. So this is the worst assault on the basic democratic traditions which have made our country great that you and I have seen in our lifetimes, and what it means, we have to overturn Citizens United. We have to pass a disclose bill, disclosure legislation next month, which at the very least forces these CEOs to get on television when they do a negative ad, and say I approve this message, and it forces us to know who is contributing.

Overall, 84% of Americans agree with Bernie Sanders that money has too much influence in U.S. politics. Seventy-five percent favor donor disclosure and 77% favor limiting contributions.

Hillary Clinton and President Obama also favor getting the money out of politics, but both of them have been forced to raise huge sums of money in order to be competitive.

Bernie Sanders isn’t as far out of the mainstream as the media likes to believe, and it is also clear that mainstream America wants their country back from the billionaires who are attempting to take it over.

20 Replies to “Poll Finds 80% Of REPUBLICANS Agree With Bernie Sanders On Citizens United”

  1. Just limit the campaign season to 4 months start to finish. Anyone doing any type of self-promotion before that doesn’t get their name on the ballot.

  2. I don’t know why they think Democrats benefited more from Citizens United than republicans when all the current Republican Party candidates for a President has a billionaire owner.

    Republicans control more state houses because of all this dark campaign money. The American people are kind of stupid then.

  3. Money doesn’t equate to free speech, as free speech is about the freedom to express ideas, beliefs, opinions and values without reference to those of others’; money can be used to buy the suppresion of others’ speech.

    My free speech doesn’t mean you don’t get a say, and my say is not more valuable than yours based upon which of us can throw more money at an opinion. This means that money should not influence either politics or policy, because then we aren’t living in either a Republic or a Democracy, but in an oligarchy in which votes become irrelevant…

  4. I blame vegemite for it. Vegemite is a horrid foul smelling, foul tasting spread that Aussies seem to like on toast. :-)

  5. 90 days should be more than enough time to hit every state. Voting should be mandatory and on a Sunday. One Sunday for every primary in the country, one Sunday for the General Election. No businesses are open. No excuses.

  6. I could be snide and say something that Republicans are concerned mostly about Democrats getting to share in said monies as well.

    But I shall refrain…

  7. The taste grows on you, similar in effect to certain species of fungi; come join us…it’s wonderful here…don’t be afraid…

  8. Just thin scrapings with some butter mate, that’s the key; most Americans seem to put toppings/spreads really thickly on their sandwiches. You can also have it with cheese on toast (we call it tiger toast in Oz); my wife is more a fan than I, but it is far from the worst thing Australia ever produced – that would be Paul Hogan…

  9. This is the strangest post yet. Strange because I’m agreeing with the article AND all the commenters. (No opinion on vegemite.)

    But I must be the pessimist here. How do you stop people from supporting their candidate with money? Every law devised to do that is immediately loop holed and gotten around. Power and money are always going to drive politics. Outlaw superpacs, outlaw faux charitable foundations and the movers and shakers will figure something out. They always do.

  10. The poll only confirms that a large majority of Americans think that “Citizens United” is one of the worst Supreme Court decisions in recent memory. It has made a system that valued money into one awash in political influence bought with a flood of money. Our democracy is threatened, money seems to rule Washington.

    My performance piece, is now on YouTube. It is a political satire, entitled “Washington Money Talk”. Here is the link; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etPwzJvhxyI

  11. The problem with the republican base is that they believe in the red meat that right wing politicians provide. This reminds me of a conversation I was having with a republican regarding about the importance of increasing the safety net and having universal healthcare. She agreed on all these liberal positions, but then she started saying ignorant things about Latinos and everything went downhill.

  12. Hi Rob; you’re not necessarily going to be able to completely stop money intruding unfortunately, any more than good gun laws completely stop guns being used; but, much like gun, drug and traffic laws, the intent is to put measures in place to determine where the line between right and wrong is. By punishing those who violate public interest for their own gain, it wont completely eliminate it – we live in the real world here – but it will make it harder and will encourage all political players to play by the rules rather than letting money determine public policy

  13. If Bernie begins to catch a wave of momentum the MSM will have their own wave of panic set in.

    The MSM has for decades now been behind much of the propaganda against the liberal movement(calling it fringe). If a true old school liberal catches fire with the public they’ll be forced to either get on board or ramp up the anti liberal propaganda machine.

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