Citizens united against Citizens United ruling


At a time when political polarization seems as great or greater than it’s ever been, rank and file Democrats, Republicans and independents see eye-to-eye on at least one thing – they don’t like the idea of unlimited corporate cash flooding the electoral system.

Democrats on Capitol Hill have been the ones leading the charge to apply legislative band-aids to the campaign rules ever since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision threatened to unleash a torrent of corporate and union money into political advertising. So it’s no surprise that a poll from the Washington Post and ABC News found that 85% of self-identified Democrats think the Supremes got it wrong.

It’s probably not all that surprising that 81% if all independents also agreed with that assessment.

The surprise is that 76% of self-branded Republicans believe that SCOTUS was off base with the ruling.

According to WAPO, the poll internals hold across income groups, and are basically the same when factors like age, race, or level of education are factored in.

WAPO notes that it gives Democrats Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in the Senate and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) in the House considerable latitude in which to work as they craft a legislative response to the ruling.