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Monday, April 18, 2016

What America Thinks: Politicians for Sale?

A supporter at a Bernie Sanders rally last week called out establishment Democrats, saying, “Medicare for all will never happen if we continue to elect corporate Democratic whores who are beholden to Big Pharma and the private-insurance industry instead of us.” The Clinton camp angrily complained, and the Sanders campaign quickly distanced itself from the supporter’s language. But what does America think?

Eighty-four percent (84%) of Democrats believe the wealthiest special interests, companies and individuals have too much power and influence over elections. Republicans and unaffiliated voters agree but not quite as strongly.

Forty-five percent (45%) of voters in her own party even think it’s likely that some of the actions Hillary Clinton took as secretary of State were influenced by donations made to her family’s Clinton Foundation. Not surprisingly, however, GOP and unaffiliated voters are a lot more suspicious than that.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of all voters think presidential candidates listen most to the people who give them the most money. Just 11% believe they care more about what voters think. Sixty-one percent (61%) also think most members of Congress are willing to sell their vote for either cash or a campaign contribution, and the same percentage (61%) thinks it’s likely their own representative has already done so.

It’s gotten so bad that two-out-of-three voters (66%) believe the federal government has become a special interest group that looks out primarily for its own interests.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.