Campaign finance reform appears to be an area of growing concern among AARP members in the state of New Mexico. This report is part of a larger mail survey of New Mexico AARP members, and it explores the members’ opinions on the influence of campaign contributions, campaign finance laws, money in state politics, and a “Clean Elections” system.
Survey findings include:
- Nine in ten members agree that politicians are overly influenced by individuals or groups that make large contributions to their campaigns, and a similar proportion agree that major changes are needed in New Mexico’s campaign finance laws.
- Seven in ten respondents indicate that reducing the influence of money in state politics should be a priority for AARP New Mexico. Other legislative priorities for members include Social Security reform, affordable prescription drugs, Medicare reform, and consumer protection from identity theft.
- Eight in ten support the state financing a “Clean Elections” system.
This mail survey of 972 AARP members in New Mexico was fielded from June 9 through July 7, 2006. For more information, contact Joanne Binette at 202-434-6303. (20 pages)