Yesterday, ABC News Director of Polling Gary Langer wrote about their latest poll regarding the Supreme Court ruling in the Citizen’s United case. In short, the vast majority aren’t very happy.
Memo to the Supreme Court: President Obama isnâ€™t the only one whoâ€™s annoyed.
Obama raised eyebrows at his State of the Union address last month by criticizing the high courtâ€™s ruling throwing out limits on corporate spending in political campaigns. Turns out heâ€™s got company: Our latest ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that 80 percent of Americans likewise oppose the ruling, including 65 percent who â€œstronglyâ€ oppose it, an unusually high intensity of sentiment.
Seventy-two percent, moreover, support the idea of a legislative workaround to try to reinstate the limits the court lifted.
The bipartisan nature of these views is striking in these largely partisan times. The courtâ€™s ruling is opposed, respectively, by 76, 81 and 85 percent of Republicans, independents and Democrats; and by 73, 85 and 86 percent of conservatives, moderates and liberals. Majorities in all these groups, ranging from 58 to 73 percent, not only oppose the ruling but feel strongly about it.
Even among people who agree at least somewhat with the Tea Party movement, which advocates less government regulation, 73 percent oppose the high courtâ€™s rejection of this particular law. Among the subset who agree strongly with the Tea Partyâ€™s positions on the issues â€“ 14 percent of all adults â€“ fewer but still most, 56 percent, oppose the high court in this case.
The court, in a 5-4 ruling Jan. 21, said federal restrictions on corporate spending in elections constituted a violation of free speech. Critics called it wrong to equate corporate “speech” with individual speech and said the ruling would allow special-interest money to flood election campaigns. The ruling did not explicitly include spending by unions, which also was restricted in the law, but is expected to apply to them as well.
Who says the American people can’t agree on anything? At least on this matter most agree corporations are not people and should not have the same rights and privileges as people.
Read the complete story here.