Voters Show Strong Support for Elizabeth Warren’s Government Reform Plans

Seventy-three percent (73%) of voters at least somewhat favor Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s call for a lifetime ban on lobbying for presidents, vice presidents, members of Congress, federal judges, and Cabinet secretaries. A new national survey found that 41% strongly favor that idea while only 5% are strongly opposed.

The survey explored key aspects key aspects of a proposal made by Senator Warren. The proposal was introduced in the House by Massachusetts Democrat, Rep. Katherine Clark.

Looking at some of the other parts of Warren’s proposal:

-Seventy-two percent (72%) of Americans at least somewhat favor requiring all presidential and vice presidential candidates to release eight years’ worth of tax returns and release their tax returns every year while in office. Forty-six percent (46%) of voters strongly favor this idea with just 9% strongly opposed.

-Seventy-nine percent (79%) at least somewhat favor requiring the IRS to release two years’ worth of the tax returns for members of Congress and release their tax returns for every year while in office. Forty-seven percent (47%) strongly favor that plan with just 7% who strongly oppose it.

-Sixty-six percent (66%) at least somewhat support requiring presidents and vice presidents to put their assets, including real estate, in a blind trust and selling them off. Thirty-six percent (36%) of Americans strongly support that requirement and 11% strongly oppose it.

-The least popular idea in the survey still earns strong support overall. Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters at least somewhat support banning members of Congress, Cabinet secretaries, federal judges, White House staff, senior congressional staff, and other officials from owning individual stocks while in office. Thirty-four percent (34%) strongly support that proposal, with 9% strongly opposed.

Male voters are more likely than females to strongly support each aspect of the Warren proposal.

Democrats and Republicans poll almost the same when it comes to favoring lobbying bans on former elected officials. But Republicans are far less likely than Democrats to support most of the other financial restrictions in the Warren proposal.  But it should be noted that a majority of Republicans still at least somewhat favored every aspect of the proposal presented in the survey (see crosstab results).

Senator Warren is one of many Democratic candidates seeking the right to challenge President Trump in 2020. Among all voters, she is viewed favorably by 37% and unfavorably by 33% as 2019 begins.

Many of the items in Senator Warren’s proposal are clearly inspired by claims that President Donald Trump has, or at least could, enrich himself and his many business interests while in office. Democrats have routinely demanded that President Trump release his past tax returns, and there is an effort in the newly Democrat-controlled House of Representatives to require the IRS to make those returns public. releases new public opinion data every day relating to topics in the news and other items of interest. Please sign up to receive the latest data and insights each day via email. 

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted January 5-6, 2018 by and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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