Why Campaign Finance Reform Is Hard

From a new Washington Post-Pew poll:

So, 65% have heard little or nothing about campaign spending by outside groups, 75% think the effect of this spending will be neutral or have no opinion about its effect, 69% do not think it will help one candidate more than the other or have no opinion about this, and 60% cannot identify what a super-PAC is.

These sorts of findings are one reason why, despite Americans’ distaste for money in politics, the public rarely provides much impetus for campaign finance reform.

[Cross-posted at The Monkey Cage]

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John Sides

John Sides is an associate professor of political science at George Washington University.