Polling Archive

National Polling

NEW: Released August 19. Nationwide live telephone poll of 1,000 registered voters conducted by Normington, Petts, and Associates. Key takeaways:

  • Seventy-three percent of voters have an unfavorable opinion of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, compared to just eighteen percent who favor it.
  • Americans strongly favor a Democrat who opposes Citizens United against a Republican who supports Citizens United, by more than a two-to-one margin.
  • Independent voters see reducing the influence of special interest money in government and politics as a top priority, ranking only behind protecting America from terrorism and creating jobs and increasing incomes.
  • Eighty-three percent of voters are concerned about “dark money,” secret political contributions that hide the identity of the donor.
  • Eighty-nine percent of voters said they are concerned about the influence of foreign money in American elections, and seventy-nine percent of voters think foreigners and foreign governments often attempt to influence American politics through their donations.

To read the entire polling memo, click here.

Our previous national poll was released February 1. Nationwide live telephone poll of 1,000 likely voters. Key takeaways:

  • Seventy-one percent of voters said the amount of money that corporations and the wealthy spend on political campaigns impacts issues that affect their family.
  • Seventy-five percent of voters have an unfavorable opinion of the Citizens United decision.
  • When asked who a voter would support in a hypothetical match up of a Democratic candidate who opposed Citizens United versus a Republican candidate who supports Citizens United, voters prefer the Democratic candidate by a two-to-one margin. Among Independent voters, the margin is three-to-one.
  • When asked about solutions, voters overwhelmingly support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and increased disclosure requirements.
  • Reducing the influence of special interest money in politics is considerably important to voters, ranking as high in importance as lowering health care costs and above reducing taxes.

To read the entire polling memo, click here.

State Polling

Montana and Wisconsin: Released May 2017

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Wisconsin: Released September 4. Key findings:

  • Eighty-one percent of Democrats, 78% of Independents, and 45% of Republicans oppose Citizens United
  • Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) leads U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) in the Wisconsin rematch 47% to 39%.
  • Sen. Johnson supporters and independent voters would be less likely to vote for a candidate who supports of Citizens United.

To read the entire polling memo, click here.

Illinois: Released September 15. Key findings:

  • 73% of Democrats, 69% of Independents, and 56% of Republicans oppose Citizens United.
  • Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) leads U.S. Senator Mark Kirk 45% to 41%.
  • Sen. Kirk supporters and independent voters are less likely to support a candidate who supports Citizens United.

To read the entire polling memo, click here.

New Hampshire: Released February 26. Key findings:

  • Fifty-five percent of New Hampshire voters agree that Senators vowing to block any Obama pick are “trying to advance their party’s agenda rather than do what is right for the country.”
  • Fifty-two percent of New Hampshire voters are less likely to vote for Sen. Ayotte because of her stance.
  • Eighty-eight percent of those surveyed believe it is important that the next justice shows a desire to “reduce the influence of special interest money in government.”

To read the entire polling memo, click here.

Iowa: Released March 10: Key findings:

  • A plurality of voters (47%) are less likely to vote for Senator Charles Grassley upon learning that, “Senator Charles Grassley serves as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which holds confirmation hearings for judicial nominees put forward by the president. The Des Moines Register reported that Grassley has joined with other Republican senators in refusing to hold these hearings, effectively stopping the confirmation process before Democratic President Barack Obama has named a nominee.”
  • Additionally, more than two-thirds of voters rated Citizens United unfavorably.
  • Eighty-five percent of voters believe that appointing a Justice who will reduce the influence of special interest money in government and elections is an important view for a justice to hold.

To read the entire polling memo, click here.

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