Most Americans Believe Campaign Is More Negative This Year, Oppose Foreign Ad Funding

0 Shares

Most Americans believe campaign is more negative this year, oppose foreign ad funding 

On the heels of the controversy surrounding anonymous campaign donations, some of which are alleged to be coming from foreign sources, a new poll has found that most Americans dislike the idea of "outside money" funding elections.

The poll was developed and commissioned by Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. It suggests that two-thirds of Americans believe organizations should not be allowed to spend heavily on political advertising in districts where they are not located.

"While it might be true that outside groups have the legal right to flood these races with ads, many Americans are concerned that it distorts the democratic process," said Daniel M. Shea, director of the school's Center for Political Participation.

He added that other opinion polls have shown that four times as many people consider the tone of this year's campaign to be much more negative, compared to those who see it as more positive.

In terms of political affiliation, independents were most critical of outside campaign financing, with 72 percent opposing the practice. But Democrats and Republicans were also solidly against it, both at 65 percent.

Personal Liberty

Special To Personal Liberty

You Sound Off! is written by our readers and appears the last Wednesday of each month. If you would like to submit an article or letter to the editor for consideration for You Sound Off!, send it to yousoundoff@personalliberty.com by the Friday before the last Wednesday of the month. To be considered, a submission should be 750 words or less and must include the writer's name, address and a telephone number. Only the writer's name will be published. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Join the Discussion

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.