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

October 25, 2010 by  

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.

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  • Claire

    The ads have been disgusting. Money wasted and for what? To see who can out-bash each other the best? These candidates are like schoolyard bullies. I don’t waste my time on them, I will continue to search for the truth myself and make up my own mind. I don’t need to see ads that in essence (in some cases) are “the pot calling the kettle black.” None of them walk on water and I do realize there is no such thing as a “perfect person” and campaigns will not be a “kissy-face/huggy-bear” scenario but I expect the truth, not promises they cannot/will not keep. I have not heard any of them say they will rid government of the pork and/or the lobbyists. I sincerely believe that if a person runs for a public office, (state or federal) then they should be truthful. I know it is too much to ask for, but the lies seem to flow so freely from some of the mouths, that it is hard for me to put much faith in anything some of them say. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty and tell it like it is–I want to hear the truth, their agendas, their “plans” for the betterment of America, not mudslinging. What ARE their plans concerning our troops and bringing them home? What ARE their plans for the economy? Jobs? Sure, they all say they will create jobs–but HOW? Are they “for” big business, Wall Street, the banks, etc. or the American people? I want to hear facts concerning their “plans” not rhetoric.

    • Claire

      I am also against outside campaign financing.

      • Craig

        Funny to see the imbecile Dems whine and cry about foreign contributors when they are outspending the repubs with 130 million to the repubs 80 million and they are still losing….lol

        • eddie47d

          I certainly don’t know what news sources you listen to but the few I’ve seen says the Republicans (nationally) are spending 9-1.

          • Mike In MI

            eddie47d
            I hate to say it, but I’ve seen lots of answers to your past posts indicating that your sources often appear to be somewhat off the deep end. But, it could also be true that the liberal mind, being either so naive or so self-serving as it is, has difficulty getting anything but black coming out of the prism of life.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Mike,
            Here we have people that have lost their jobs, homes, and cars and then I see on the news tonight that the dems have raised 500,000 dollars in one state in onne week. I don’t know about you, but it seems kinda obscene to me!!!

          • http://naver samurai

            And you must be getting this from the MSM. Just like a lib, they never change their stripes. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • libertytrain

      To me, you are absolutely correct – what would be so difficult for some candidate to simply state – here this is what I think, this is what I want to do for you as my employer – this is how I believe I’m going to begin my plan when I get to Washington — and you are also correct. Get rid of those ridiculous campaign donations and make it real again.

      • Claire

        libertytrain–What bothers me are the foreign campaign donations. I believe ALL donations should be made public to the American citizens.

        • libertytrain

          I agree with you – I wonder if this info is in fact available.

          • Claire

            libertytrain– Some may be posted but I bet not all of it.

  • s c

    Why waste money on elections? Isn’t the practice another form of redistributed wealth? People aren’t just buying politicians. They’re buying agendas.
    Spending money by the ton in an election is no different than throwing money at a problem. In particular, education comes to mind as a prime example. Some people think if we constantly throw billions of dollars at education, it will EVENTUALLY get better. Has it worked yet?
    How about the war(s) on cancer and drugs and poverty? Get real, people.
    If you want to put a lid on election spending, LIMIT the amount any individual or group can ‘give.’ A maximum of $100 per head is a nice, round
    number that even back-stabbing, treasonous politicians can understand. Why can’t normal American citizens understand it?

    • 45caliber

      I think normal American citizens do understand this. The problem is that the politicians whan to have a few really rich people support them. It is far easier to convince a few that a lot of people.

    • Mike In MI

      s c -
      How can you seem to make so much sense? But, you can’t fool us we know you’re a conservative.

  • Raggs

    It seem’s to be just fine-n-dandy for the democrats to use foreign contributions. I think everyone is sick of all of the lies and deception from both parties… The more money they get the more lies they tell!!!

    • 45caliber

      True

    • Mike In MI

      Raggs, old buddy -
      Might as well get used to them. It’s all just for show.

      Maybe we could turn the tables of logic on them, though, and show what liars they are. We should use this evidene to prove the commie left really does believe in capitalism. They absolutely agree with the profit motive – certainly when it comes to elections.
      Why, if their theories and ideals are so good, don’t they apply them to electioneering, too? Seems to be kind of a disconnect there.

      Nah, probably not. They’re just plain old fashioned liars, cheats, D-E-M-O-C-R-A-T-S (unions,gov’t workers, Liberrals, etc.).

  • http://naver sook young

    Did they receive their money from China or the Middle East this time? Maybe the democrats received a loan from hades and have to win or pay it back with unpayable interest. Thank you.

    Sook Young
    Wife of the Samurai

    • 45caliber

      I would bet that if the Devil offered a politicians money in exchange for his soul, the politician would take the money. They don’t believe in souls.

      • Claire

        45caliber—I agree with you 100%.

        • http://naver sook young

          I do too. Thank you.

          Sook Young
          Wife of the Samurai

      • http://?? Joe H.

        45caliber,
        the dem politicians sold their soul to ole scratch a long time ago!!!

  • Vigilant

    The most important point may have been missed. What kind of voters are swayed by media blitzes of ads, or the political signs that show up like weeds along our highways, lawns and intersections this time of year?

    Sad to say, the amount of money in the coffers of the politicos does in fact influence the electorate to some degree, and that alone is a good reason to question the wisdom of universal suffrage.

    A gullible public that does no research, believes the tripe offered in negative advertising, votes solely along party lines or in keeping with a single issue, is a public that deserves what it gets.

    • 45caliber

      I agree. No one should EVER vote for someone due to a single issue! You should look at ALL the issues and how someone will vote on them before deciding!

  • 45caliber

    I believe that “outside” money should never be used by politicians. That means “outside their district”. It annoys me to learn that some Congressman gets almost no support from his own district but has millions provided to him from supporters in other states. And I won’t give to someone in another state for that reason. If he can collect support outside his state, then he isn’t supporting his state or district.

    • eddie47d

      excellant,I agree.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      45caliber,
      I have given to other campaigns to off-set the outside money that is given to the progs! Sometimes the progs would have an unfair advantage! I also sent money to Jan Brewers fund to help her defense team!!

  • Robin from Arcadia, IN

    Why can’t the ads just stay with the issues?

    • 45caliber

      Because most politicians wouldn’t get elected if you knew where they stood on the issues. So they avoid them like the plague.

  • Dennis

    Unfortunately, campaigning is negative this year. It also lacks truth. A good example is the Obama charge of foreign financing of elections. The charge is made with no substantiation, but it still has an effect since the liberal media picks it up and runs with it and polls are done assuming that what is charged actually happened.

    However, the restrictions of campaign financing also have their problems. Incumbents have a tremendous advantage in an election. They have the ability to send supposedly non-political mailings showing the “wonderful” work they are doing. The president has the ability to run around the country supporting his party mostly at our expense.

    Without outside financing help those challenging incumbents are at a significant disadvantage. Past history shows a high percentage of incubents in the house and senate get re-elected. This year because of a recent supreme court ruling, opposed by Obama, there is more freedom to spend to get new blood into our government. I’m not in favor of giving that opportunity away. Providing money for a candidate of my choice is a part of my free speech guaranteed by the constitution.

    • 45caliber

      Dennis:

      Don’t say Oblama’s charge lacks substanance. After all, he got a LOT of his money that way!!

  • eddie47d

    Then Dennis, you believe that campaigns can be bought and sold to the highest bidder and may the biggest donor win. The article said that the majority of Americans are solidly against outside political advertising and donations:(foreign countries and outside their own State or district).Then why does it keep happening? Why has Campaign Finance Reform been so hard to achieve? That’s a huge disconnect with the political powers to be.

    • Dennis

      I believe I have the right to spend whatever I can to help a candidate I believe in get elected. (By the way my contribution isn’t much) We have freedom of speech and freedom of the press guaranteed by the first amendment to the constitution. We have a totally liberal press that has no problems supporting their candidates and their liberal positions. While I disagree with the press in general, I don’t want to take away the right in the constitution of a free press. If we were to take away our freedom of speech (the right to support with our finances candidates agreeing with us)we have no recourse. The press would follow the liberal agenda, and we would have no power to counter it. Campaigns are bought and sold to the highest bidder. Sometimes the highest bidder is the press. We must retain the opportunity for it to be us or we will never be able to change the government we have.

    • alpha-lemming

      Here’s your Campaign Finance Reform….. 3 sentences!!

      Full Disclosure.
      No Cash.
      No Foreign Contributions.

      Noticeably absent are the spending limits. All covered in the full-disclosure portion. Politicians should be required to wear NASCAR-type uniforms with their sponsors emblazened for all to see.

      • Craig

        “Full Disclosure.
        No Cash.
        No Foreign Contributions.”

        Not gonna get much support from the dims on this. All three they abuse in order to win.

        • eddie47d

          Did you just crawl out of a cave? The Republicans have voted against Campaign Reform for many years.Abramhoff accepted cash for the Republican Party. The 527′s that work for the Republican side accepts foreign donations.

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Randy 131

    Where was that opposition when the Democrats in 2004, 2006, and 2008 were using it 10 times more than the Republicans were who wanted to stop all of it? Since at that time the Democrats wouldn’t hear of stopping it, so to even the playing field the Republicans accepted it as a necessary evil and went all out for it in 2010. Since the people have seen and understand the folly of the Democratic policies, most monies being donated are to retire the Democrats, hence now the Republicans are collecting more than the Democrats who now want it stopped. Wonder what changed their minds, DUH. Because of the Unions though, the Democrats are still collecting and spending more money, it just isn’t fair to them unless they have a huge advantage, the poor things. If they had just listened to the American people and cared more for our country than their party and socialistic agenda, they wouldn’t be in this predictament, they’d still have the huge money advantage and the edge in these elections.

  • jopa

    alpha-lemming;I agree 100 per cent.Americans have a right to know if they pay taxes.

    • 45caliber

      Correct – for once.

      • http://naver samurai

        OMG! I actually agree with jopa on something? OMG! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

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