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LBJ School's Center for Politics and Governance Sponsors Comprehensive National Poll on Money and Politics

Fifty-one percent of people believe the country is on the wrong track, according to a poll conducted by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Government

AUSTIN, Texas, November 17, 2009 - The LBJ School's Center for Politics and Governance sponsored and initiated a comprehensive national poll conducted by The University of Texas at Austin Department of Government on public perception of the relationship between money and politics. The results of the poll were released during the first panel discussion on the 2009 Fall Forum on Money and Politics on Monday, November 16, 2009.

"This poll is one of the most comprehensive sets of data on public perceptions on issues of money and politics, campaign finance, and corruption that has ever been compiled," said Veronica Vargas Stidvent, director of the Center for Politics and Governance. "The results of this poll are even more thought-provoking in light of the ongoing Supreme Court case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which has the potential to change the framework of campaign finance regulation."Daron Shaw and Brian Roberts

Daron Shaw, a government professor at  the University of Texas at Austin, presented the findings of the poll which pulled from a representative sample of 2,100 people across the United States.

According to the poll, 51 percent of people believe the country is on the wrong track.

"The pessimism that we have seen expressed in the national surveys over the past 15 months continues," said Shaw, who oversaw the polling along with Government Professor Brian Roberts and Texas Politics Project Director Jim Henson. "Americans are very concerned about the economy and unemployment, but also express concern about corruption and the efficacy of the political system."

Some of the poll's findings on respondents' view of money in politics include:

  • Fift-eight percent of respondents say the source of a candidate's campaign contributions are a factor in how they vote, comp