According to US News, “Two-thirds of Americans are opposed to the Supreme Court taking away abortion rights.” The latest poll from Quinnipiac University found that “American voters agree 63-31 percent with the U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision on abortion.”
But according to a new Daily Beast/Ipsos poll, the top concern most voters have is not about abortion but is about the role money plays in U.S. politics, and they would like the Supreme Court to address this issue.
Supreme Court watchers have thought that social issues such as abortion and gay marriage would dominate the debate on Anthony Kennedy’s replacement. But now it appears that those who want to organize a movement to resist Trump’s nominee for the Court would do better by focusing on trying to limit the influence of corporate money in the U.S. political system.
One of the reasons this is such a potent issue is that all Americans are concerned about it — Republicans, Democrats and Independents.
According to the new poll, large majorities of voters, regardless of party affiliation, said they opposed the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision which allowed businesses and corporations to spend massive amounts of money without limit on influencing the outcomes of political campaigns.
Fully 64 percent of those surveyed said that they want the president to choose a Supreme Court nominee who will “limit the amount of money corporations and unions can spend on political campaigns.”
The totals who want change in this area include 70 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of Republicans. A mere 24 percent of all poll respondents said they did not want a Supreme Court nominee to curb the influence of corporate money in our political system.
This new poll is a hopeful sign for American democracy, although there is little chance that Donald Trump or his Republican enablers in Congress — all bought off by big corporations — will pay any attention to it. As always, it us up to the people to make the changes, and we must do so by voting for change in November.
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.