Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Americans don't like Food Stamp Shaming, and Hate Citizens United/Money is Speech.

A few big time polls came out today, gauging public sentiment about big time issues, and low and behold, Republican politicians are not on the same page as their voters. You’d think Republicans would lose a few more elections if that were really true.
Food Stamp Shaming and Food Restrictions: Most Americans think poor people shouldn't feel ashamed for using the safety net, according to a new YouGov poll. Just 14 percent of survey respondents said they thought people should feel ashamed for using welfare, while 62 percent said people shouldn't feel ashamed. Republicans were more likely to favor shame than Democrats, 20 percent to 9 percent.
Don’t celebrate yet. Republicans have managed to make Americans suspicious of poorer Americans, enough so to warrant drug testing without suspicion, which is pretty unconstitutional.
Two-thirds of Americans surveyed in the new YouGov poll supported welfare drug testing.
And like the public’s lack of support for ObamaCare, even though they like the details, two things; Republicans have successfully messaged food buying restriction on the poor, a form of shaming, something they’re really against; but the public doesn’t like the food restrictions when they’re confronted with the actual choices:
Sixty-four percent in the YouGov poll supported government restrictions on what people can buy with public benefits, but only 28 percent said they supported prohibiting food stamp purchases of steak, seafood, cookies, chips or energy drinks.
Poll Says We all Hate Citizens United: Boy, if you talk to “stand with Walker” Borg-ites, they’ll agree money is speech. But away from the nut job activist, not so much:
A new NY Times poll was just released that targets the insane amounts of money being funneled into politics ever since the Roberts Court decided corporations were people and the results are staggering. 

NY Times: Americans of both parties fundamentally reject the regime of untrammeled money in elections made possible by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other court decisions and now favor a sweeping overhaul of how political campaigns are financed, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.

The findings reveal deep support among Republicans and Democrats alike for new measures to restrict the influence of wealthy givers, including limiting the amount of money that can be spent by “super PACs” and forcing more public disclosure on organizations now permitted to intervene in elections without disclosing the names of their donors.

And by a significant margin, they reject the argument that underpins close to four decades of Supreme Court jurisprudence on campaign finance: that political money is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment. Even self-identified Republicans are evenly split on the question.

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