The Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”) released a poll today questioning respondents about campaign finance topics such as disclosure and Citizens United. The press release can be found here, including a link to the questions used in the poll. The polling results are interesting and touch on a broad range of issues including disclosure and the disparate treatment between unions and corporations in the DISCLOSE Act.
The CCP poll strikes me as balanced inquiry designed to gauge reaction to these important campaign finance topics. In fact, I believe it is too balanced and does not sufficiently couch the questions in First Amendment terms. If I had drafted the poll, the questions would be centered more on the respondent’s views of campaign finance reform’s impact on core First Amendment freedoms.
I like the line of questioning concerning disclosure and whether the respondents are concerned that their friends, neighbors and family are aware of their political activities. Disclosure is personal. I understand why some of the respondents are uncomfortable with this information being publicly disclosed – a point of information that is not acknowledged by the pro-regulation community.
I have no doubt that many in the pro-regulation community will take issue with this poll because it does not fit their “nine of ten Americans” narrative. Let’s not forget the wording of the Washington Post poll that they refer to when making these statements to support their initiatives to chill political speech. My previous post on the Washington Post poll can be found here.