Developments in Congressional Responsiveness to Donor Opinion

TitleDevelopments in Congressional Responsiveness to Donor Opinion
Publication TypeUnpublished
AuthorsCanes-Wrone B, Gibson N

Large majorities of Americans presume that campaign contributions influence legislative policymaking. 1 A recent Ipsos poll suggests that over 90 percent of the public believes policymakers listen more to campaign contributors than to voters (Hensel, 2016). Consistent with this result, the poll also finds that “money in politics” was the fifth largest issue for voters 
in the 2016 elections (Hensel, 2016). Other surveys indicate that 85 percent of Americans assume incumbents regularly choose policies to assist donors (Americans' Views on Money)