Poll: Most Americans Don’t Care About Candidates’ Campaign Financing

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | October 30, 2008 | 12:29 PM EDT

Clerk Brian Spears directs voters to booths as hundreds cast their general election ballots a week early at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder's office in Norwalk, Calif., Oct. 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

(CNSNews.com) – Most Americans are not certain whether Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama or GOP presidential candidate John McCain are using public financing to fund their campaigns, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday.
When informed that McCain is using public financing while Obama is not, the majority of those polled say it does not affect their opinion of the candidates.
Those that say it affects their opinions say they view McCain’s decision in a more positive light than Obama’s. Fifteen percent feel more favorably about McCain compared to six percent who feel less favorably, while eight percent say it makes them feel more favorably about Obama and 18 percent less favorably.
Obama opted out of the public financing system because he was able to raise money well beyond the federal spending limit of $84 million and used a large portion of his money to buy airtime on several major TV networks Wednesday night to show a 30-minute campaign ad, Gallup pointed out.
McCain, meanwhile, agreed to rely on public financing, but it is unclear whether he would have made the same decision had he been able to raise the same large sums of money as Obama, Gallup noted.
The poll was conducted Oct. 28 from a sample of 1,010 national adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.