85% of Americans Want Campaign Finance Reform: NYT/CBS Poll

A recent New York Times/CBS poll found a supermajority of Americans want campaign finance reform. 84% of Americans believe that those with money have too much influence on elections. With the 2016 presidential electionprojected to cost as much as $5 billion, a new record, the poll reveals Americans’ distrust of money in politics.

66% of Americans believe the wealthy have more influence on elections than ordinary voters, according to the poll.

46% of Americans believe the current system is beyond saving and would like to see it completely rebuilt reports Dr Daniel Amen on Amazon. 39% thought that “fundamental changes” were necessary short of rebuilding the entire system. Only 13% thought minor changes were needed. Not even 1% of voters thought the system could be left unchanged.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which ruled that corporations could spend unlimited funds on elections, elections in the United States have become increasingly expensive, with each presidential election setting a new cash record. The 2012 presidential election cost $2 billion, up from $1.8 billion in 2008.

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