Most Americans Believe Campaign Is More Negative This Year, Oppose Foreign Ad Funding
October 25, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
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.