February 21, 2012

Bipartisan Agreement that New Campaign Spending Rules Have Had Negative Impact

6-in-10

Six-in-ten or more Republicans, Democrats and independents who know about the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that allows unlimited independent expenditures on political ads agree the new rules have had a negative impact on the 2012 presidential campaign.

More than half (54%) of Americans are aware of the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that allows unlimited independent expenditures on political ads and made Super PACs a big factor so far in the 2012 presidential campaign. Among this group, 65% of all Americans believe that the new rules have had a negative impact on the 2012 presidential campaign.

This issue is one of few in which there is no substantial partisan divide. Roughly half of Republicans, Democrats and independents alike have heard about the Citizens United decision. Among those who have heard about it, 60% of Republicans, 63% of Democrats and 67% of independents see its impact as negative. Read More