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September 11, 2023

American Promise – Franklin & Marshall’s Center for Opinion Research Pennsylvania Poll

American Promise – Franklin & Marshall’s Center for Opinion Research Pennsylvania Poll

September 11, 2023
Published By American Promise
A state poll shows strong cross-partisan concern for the influence of money in politics and support for a constitutional amendment to fix it
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: The influence of money in politics is a threat to our democracy. (Asked First in Sequence)
 FrequencyPercentValid PercentCumulative Percent
ValidStrongly agree27437.976.276.2
Somewhat agree598.216.492.6
Somewhat disagree172.34.797.3
Strongly disagree10.20.497.7
Do not know81.12.3100.0
Total36049.8100.0 
MissingRefused20.3  
System36150.0  
Total36350.2  
Total723100.0  
Which one of the following two positions on campaign financing do you favor more: limiting the amount of money individuals and entities can contribute to political campaigns, or allowing individuals and entities to contribute as much money to political campaigns as they’d like?
 FrequencyPercentValid PercentCumulative Percent
ValidLimiting the amount of money individuals and entities can contribute to political campaigns60483.584.184.1
Allowing individuals and entities to contribute as much money to political campaigns as they’d like8311.511.695.7
Do not know314.34.3100.0
Total71899.3100.0 
MissingRefused50.7  
Total723100.0  
The Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that limiting independent political spending violates the Constitution, which means a Constitutional amendment is necessary to establish rules that regulate and limit that type of political spending. Would you favor or oppose a Constitutional amendment that would allow limits to be set on campaign spending?
 FrequencyPercentValid PercentCumulative Percent
ValidStrongly favor39053.954.254.2
Somewhat favor19026.326.580.7
Somewhat oppose659.09.089.7
Strongly oppose436.06.095.8
Do not know304.24.2100.0
Total71999.4100.0 
MissingRefused40.6  
Total723100.0  
      
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: The influence of money in politics is a threat to our democracy.(Asked Last in Sequence)
 FrequencyPercentValid PercentCumulative Percent
ValidStrongly agree28940.078.778.7
Somewhat agree588.115.994.6
Somewhat disagree141.93.798.3
Strongly disagree40.51.099.3
Do not know30.40.7100.0
Total36750.8100.0 
MissingRefused30.4  
System35348.8  
Total35649.2  
Total723100.0  
      
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: The influence of money in politics is a threat to our democracy. (Combined Response)
 FrequencyPercentValid PercentCumulative Percent
ValidStrongly agree55540.077.377.3
Somewhat agree1178.116.393.6
Somewhat disagree301.94.297.9
Strongly disagree50.50.798.6
Do not know100.41.4100.0
Total71850.8100.0 
MissingRefused50.4  
Total723100.0  

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