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Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 02/17/2010

Campaign finance ruling sparks bipartisan agreement

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds broad cross-partisan opposition to the recent Supreme Court ruling knocking down limits on corporate and union spending on political campaigns.

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Widespread opposition to Supreme Court ruling

Q. Do you support or oppose the ruling that says corporations and unions can spend as much money as they want to help political candidates win elections?

Q. Would you support or oppose an effort by Congress to reinstate limits on corporate and union spending on election campaigns?

Opposition to the ruling cuts across ideological and demographic lines. "Strong" partisans of both parties, though widely opposed to the ruling, are a bit more apt than those less deeply connected to their parties to support it.

Broad majorities favor congressional action to reinstate limits on such spending, including more than seven in 10 across party lines and two-thirds or better across ideological divides.

Partisan and ideological breakdowns on each question are below.

Q. Do you support or oppose the recent ruling by the Supreme Court that says corporations and unions can spend as much money as they want to help political candidates win elections?

         -- Support ---   --- Oppose ---
         NET   Strongly   NET   Strongly
All      18        6      80       65

Dem      14        4      85       69
Rep      19        8      76       58
Ind      18        7      81       68

Democrats:
Strong   18        5      82       67
Not str.  9        1      90       72

Republicans:
Strong   28       12      69       55
Not str.  8        3      85       63

Lib      14        4      86       73
Mod      12        4      85       68
Con      24       10      73       58

Lib Dem  15        5      85       71
Con Rep  23       10      74       57

Q. Would you support or oppose an effort by Congress to reinstate limits on corporate and union spending on election campaigns?

         -- Support ---   --- Oppose ---
         NET   Strongly   NET   Strongly
All      72       52      24       14

Dem      77       57      19       12
Rep      71       50      23       15
Ind      71       52      27       16

Democrats:
Strong   78       61      21       10
Not str. 74       51      18        5

Republicans:
Strong   68       45      27       18
Not str. 76       56      19       11

Lib      77       59      22       14
Mod      80       57      18        9
Con      63       44      31       21

Lib Dem  83       63      16        8
Con Rep  66       46      26       17

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  11:12 AM ET, 02/17/2010

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