Are super-PACs going to keep you from voting in November? New York University and Mother Jones are pondering such an alternate reality.
The willfully ignorant apparently think they’re on to something:
The ultra-rich may be psyched that super-PACs give them more power to influence elections, but average voters aren’t wild about the new election spending groups, according to a new poll commissioned by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.
One in four respondents in the poll said they’re less likely to vote in elections this year because of the growing influence of super-PACs. That percentage climbs among those earning less than $35,000 a year (34 percent) and those with only a high school education (34 percent). “The perception that super-PACs are corrupting government is making Americans disillusioned, and an alarming number say they are less likely to vote this year,” Adam Skaggs, senior counsel for the Brennan Center’s democracy program, said in a statement. (The poll’s margin of error is ±3.1 percentage points.)
The Brennan poll also found that 73 percent of respondents agreed with that statement that “there would be less corruption if there were limits on how much could be given to super-PACs.” Nearly 70 percent concurred that “new rules that let corporations, unions, and people give unlimited money to super PACs will lead to corruption.” And the majority of those polled disagreed that regular voters enjoy equal access to candidates as big super-PAC donors. (One in five said they had access was the same.)
One in four say they’re less likely to vote because of super-PACs? Where did they conduct this poll? An Occupy rally?
I’m assuming that NYU polled voters within the five burroughs so that means “average voters” were not involved in the poll. No disrespect to New Yorkers, but these are the same people who continue to elect people like Chuck Schumer, Michael Bloomberg, and Twitter legend Anthony Weiner.
Super PACs are not the source of corruption in government. Barack Obama is the source. The Democratic Party is the source. Progressives in the Republican Party are the source. Unions are the source. These are the sources of disillusion, not super-PACs.
If ads run by a super-PAC force you to stay home, then number one….you have the thinnest skin in the world. And number two, you probably shouldn’t be voting anyway because you’re an imbecile.
How many of you are planning on sitting it out in November because of super-PACs or any other reason? You have no reason and there is no valid excuse – especially with regard to this election.