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August 02, 2012 10:49 AM Why Campaign Finance Reform Is Hard

By John Sides

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]

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


  • Kobe on January 05, 2013 6:02 AM:

    Well lot of money is being spent on such political campaigns and quite few are aware of such matters. Such expensive campaigning should be stopped rather using that money in some development would a great deal.