Near-Majority Says That Citizens United Decision Was Harmful

Almost half of people surveyed in a recent Monmouth University poll (48 percent) said that the looser campaign finance rules since the Citizens United decision have worsened the presidential election process.

Citizens United was a Supreme Court ruling in 2010 that stated that political spending is a form of “free speech” protected under the First Amendment.

According to the decision, the government may not keep corporations or unions from spending money to support or denounce individual candidates in elections. While corporations or unions may not give money directly to campaigns, they may seek to persuade the voting public through other means, including advertisements.

Besides the 48 percent who feel that the looser rules have worsened the political process, just 10 percent of Americans feel that the looser rules have improved the presidential election process, according to the Monmouth survey.  29 percent said the changes over the last half-decade have not had much effect.

“The public is starting to worry that the Wild West nature of campaign finance is damaging the way we choose presidential candidates,” said Patrick Murray, the director of Monmouth University Polling Institute, writes Politico.

42 percent of Americans said that looser finance rules make it more likely that an unqualified candidate can stay in office longer, while just 14 percent it would be less likely.  33 percent said that campaign finance rules would not have any effect.

28 percent of the poll respondents said that the current funding situation makes it more likely that a qualified candidate with lower name recognition would be able to capture voters’ attention and stay in the race.  27 percent said that the campaign finance rules make it less likely that a lesser-known candidate would able to withstand a cash onslaught.  34 percent said that the new funding environment has no impact on a qualified candidate.

Asked their opinion on the best way to finance presidential campaigns, just 17 percent said the funds solely should come from public financing through the government, while 33 percent said it should come from private donations alone. A plurality of 44 percent said there should be a combination of the two.

Another important Supreme Court decision was McCutcheon v. FEC, which loosened restrictions on private citizens donating to candidates.  The Supreme Court ruled on it in 2014.

The survey was conducted by telephone from July 9-12, polling 1,001 adults across the country. The poll features a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

(Updated report)

http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/citizens-united-v-federal-election-commission/

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/poll-campaign-finance-laws-2016-election-120461.html#ixzz3h6M6lqkc

Qunnipiac Poll Shows Rubio, Paul Beating Hillary In Pennsylvania. Clinton Would Beat Rubio, Jeb Bush In Florida

Polling data in three swing states have Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in narrow or losing positions against Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, according to latinpost.com.

The Quinnipiac poll was conducted between June 4 and June 15 with 1,147 Floridian, 1,191 Ohioan and 970 Pennsylvanian voters.

“It’s a long way until Election Day, but in the critical swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has a tiny edge over the GOP field,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll. “Most of the eight GOP hopefuls are within striking distance of Secretary Hillary Clinton in at least one of the three states.”

Florida:

In the Sunshine State, former Secretary of State Clinton did manage to receive more support than Rubio.  The Quinnipiac report found Clinton receiving 47 percent to Rubio’s 44 percent.

However, In the polling against Clinton, Rubio gave the narrowest margin of victory to Clinton among the GOP presidential candidates.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also lost against Clinton in Florida. While she received 46 percent, he attracted 42 percent of the vote. Clinton also beat the rest of the GOP field.

In a match against Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, she wins 48 percent to 37 percent, respectively. She also defeats Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky 46 percent to 39 percent, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker 48 percent to 38 percent.

“Secretary Clinton continues to out-poll most major Republican wannabes in the Sunshine State. She holds her own when matched against the GOP’s two native sons, former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio. The margin stems from her ability to keep the gender gap running in her favor. She holds low double digit leads among women when matched against either man and that is enough to make the difference” Brown said.

Ohio:

In Ohio, Clinton tied against Senator Rand Paul at 43 percent each, and actually lost against John Kasich in a hypothetical matchup, 40 percent to 47 percent. In Ohio, Clinton defeated Rubio with 45 percent to 42 percent.

Pennsylvania:

Rubio managed to defeat Clinton in Pennsylvania in the polling. The Florida senator received 44 percent to her 43 percent. She also loses in a matchup against Paul, 45 percent to 44 percent.

Clinton beat the other Republican contenders in Pennsylvania.

(Updated to add link:)

http://www.latinpost.com/articles/60679/20150619/swing-states-poll-marco-rubio-challenges-hillary-clinton-battleground.htm

New Poll: Rubio, Paul Stack Up The Best Against Hillary

A Quinnapiac University poll from May 28th shows that (currently) the Republican candidates that stack up the best against Hillary Clinton are Marco Rubio and Rand Paul.  The next in line seems to be Mike Huckabee.

(Hillary is listed on the left, Republican candidates on the right.)

46 – 42 percent over Rand Paul

45 – 41 percent over Marco Rubio

47 – 40 percent over Mike Huckabee

46 – 38 percent over Scott Walker

47 – 37 percent over Jeb Bush

48 – 37 percent over Ted Cruz

46 – 37 percent over Chris Christie

50 – 32 percent over Donald Trump

Gallup Survey: Acceptance Of Polygamy Is Up

According to the New York Times, the shift on same-sex marriage has captured the headlines, but the changes on views toward marriage are much broader than one issue.

The latest Gallup social issues survey shows changing social views since 2001.  They show that not just support for same-sex marriage is changing.

Approval of unwed parenthood (45 percent in 2001, 61 percent now), divorce (59 percent then, 71 percent today), and premarital sex (53 percent then, 68 percent now) are on the rise.

Also, the acceptance of polygamy has more than doubled.  Support for “plural matrimony” rose from 7 percent to 16 percent during the same period.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/31/opinion/sunday/ross-douthat-the-prospects-for-polygamy.html?_r=0

Poll: Christie’s Numbers Not Good In New Jersey

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Voters in New Jersey disapprove of the job Chris Christie is doing as governor 56 percent to 38 percent, according to a new poll out by Quinnipiac University on Monday.

According to Politico, the numbers mark his lowest Quinnipiac approval rating ever and are the worst rating for any governor this year in states surveyed by the university.

New Jersey voters commented on Christie’s 2016 presidential aspirations as well, with 65 percent saying he would not make a good president, compared with 29 percent who think he would.  64 percent say he should not jump into the race for president.

In a general election matchup, Hillary Clinton leads Christie 51 percent to 36 percent.

The poll was conducted April 9-14, surveying 1,428 New Jersey voters via landlines and cellphones, with a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.6 percentage points, states Politico.  The poll included 444 Republican voters with a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.7 percentage points.

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/chris-christie-new-low-new-jersey-poll-117136.html#ixzz3XrSYzVEg

Poll: US Support For Binjamin Netanyahu Has Fallen After His Speech

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According to a Gallup poll, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “favorable” rating among the American public fell by 7 percentage points after his address, while the number of people with an “unfavorable” assessment of him rose by 5 percentage points.

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Survey: 37% Of Americans Worry About Sharia Law

As President Obama seeks to ramp up military action against the terrorist group ISIS, Americans are unsure of Islam’s place in the United States, a LifeWay Research survey shows, as reported by Baptist Press.

37 percent of Americans say they are worried about Sharia law — an Islamic legal and moral code — being applied in America.

Roughly 1 in 4 Americans (27 percent) believe the terrorist group ISIS reflects the true nature of Islam.

4 in 10 (43 percent) believe Islam can create a peaceful society.

Most Protestant senior pastors (76 percent) say they support military action against ISIS.

Those are among the results of two surveys of 1,000 Americans each, along with a survey of 1,000 senior pastors of Protestant churches, from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

“ISIS has stirred an odd religious debate in America today,” said Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research.

A terrorist attack on a satirical magazine in Paris last month and the rise of ISIS have possibly renewed concerns over extremist versions of Islam. In particular, ISIS is known for its brutality.  The shooting deaths of three Muslim Americans in North Carolina recently has also made headlines and caused concern about possible backlash against Muslims.

Americans Don’t Know How The World Views Them: Secular Talk


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Americans don’t know how the world views them. This is the conclusion of a massive world opinion poll conducted by Win/Gallup International and released at the close of 2013.

The poll asked over 66,000 thousand people across 65 countries a variety of questions about the world, including which country they would most like to call home, whether or not the world is becoming a generally better place, and which country poses the greatest threat to world peace.

The World Independent Network and Gallup International conducted the poll at the end of 2013, It found that, worldwide, people think that the U.S. is by far the biggest threat to world peace today.

Fox News’ Brigitte Gabriel Claims Obama Is A Muslim

Fox News’ right-wing guest Brigitte Gabriel pressed the unproven idea that President Obama is a Muslim when she was on The Kelly File. Polls claim that roughly 18% of Americans believe that he is.

Media Matters Minute

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