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Toplines - Campaign Finances - July 8-9, 2009

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National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted July 8-9, 2009

By Rasmussen Reports

1* Should the government regulate how much money individuals can give to political campaigns?

56% Yes
25% No
19% Not sure

2* If the government places limits on how much individuals can give to campaigns, how likely is it that special interest groups will still find ways to get money to politicians and influence their vote?

69% Very likely

19% Somewhat likely

5% Not very likely

2% Not at all likely

6% Not sure

3* What is more important—limiting how much money individuals can contribute to campaign or disclosing the source of all contributions?

23% Limiting how much money individuals can contribute to a campaign

68% Disclosing the source of all contributions

9% Not sure

4* If the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the current campaign finance rules, would that be good for the country or bad for the country?

35% Good
25% Bad
40% Not sure

5* How big a contribution does it take to influence a Congressman or Governor - $1,000, $10,000, $50,000, $100,000 or more than $100,000?

14% $1,000

26% $10,000

22% $50,000

11% $100,000

8% More than $100,000

19% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence