Conservatives who support a new, broad anti-corporate law will be surprised to find that, as the nation’s largest and most powerful corporations face increased scrutiny over their political donations, lawsuits and political influence, they are unlikely to win any of their cases.
The American Conservative’s analysis of the corporate-finance reform bill (CFPB) and the pending Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFOB) bills is based on a series of polls conducted by the conservative group Judicial Watch.
The group says its polling shows that 83 percent of Americans favor corporate-friendly corporate laws, with 73 percent saying they favor laws that reduce the size and power of large corporations.
But as with any survey, the numbers are far from perfect.
The pollsters also asked Americans to say which companies they believe have the most influence over them, which was the same question in a separate poll conducted by Gallup, but asked about the influence of the same firms on the government and the economy.
The survey found that the most common answer was that corporations have too much power, but there were plenty of other answers, as well.
According to the polls, Americans are largely split down the middle on which corporations have the biggest influence over their lives.
A majority (56 percent) of Americans say that large corporations have more influence over the way their lives are planned and governed than smaller companies, while a plurality (43 percent) say they have more power over the economy than smaller corporations.
In contrast, just 38 percent of respondents said that small companies have more of a say in how the country is run, and just 19 percent said they had more influence on how the economy is run.
Just 38 percent said that large companies have the same influence as small ones on the economy, while 19 percent of those surveyed said that they had too much of a role in the economy and the government, and a majority (55 percent) said they have too little influence.
The same number of Americans also said that corporations and big businesses have too many influence on the country, with 57 percent saying this and just 22 percent saying that they have none.
Americans are split on whether corporations should have to reveal their donors, but they are evenly divided on whether they should have a right to sue.
More than half (52 percent) in a poll by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning group, support the idea that corporations should be required to disclose donors, while 46 percent of the respondents said they oppose the idea.
The other 49 percent of American respondents said the two should be separate issues.
When it comes down to it, Americans say they would support corporate-backed legislation that would limit corporate influence, while also supporting the right of consumers to sue companies.
Americans oppose both bills, but by a narrower margin than they do the Consumer Financial Privacy Protection Act (CFPA) and its companion bill, the Consumer Choice Act (CCPA).
The Public Policy poll found that 56 percent of Republicans support CFPB legislation, while 36 percent oppose the CFPA and just 8 percent oppose CPPA.
And Americans support both bills by a narrow margin.
Only 41 percent of Republican respondents said CFPBA would help small businesses, while 44 percent said CPP would hurt them.
Americans also support CPPAs corporate-related reforms, with 69 percent of conservatives saying they support the CPP.
But when it comes time to deciding who should be part of the CFPBP and who should not, a plurality of Republicans oppose both proposals, with a plurality saying that companies should have the right to file lawsuits.
A plurality (44 percent) oppose the CTPP and just 9 percent oppose it.
The CTPP is a corporate-focused bill, while CPP is more narrowly focused.
The CPTPP, however, has a number of provisions designed to limit the ability of small and medium-sized businesses to sue large corporations, and it is far more popular than CPP, a Pew Research Center poll found in December.CBP has faced criticism for allowing companies to sue people based on their political affiliations.
A survey of 1,000 Americans conducted by CNN and the Washington Post in August found that 59 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of independents oppose the bill, with 45 percent of Democratic voters supporting it and just 11 percent supporting CPP and another 14 percent supporting neither.
A majority of Republicans and independents say they support CTPP, while just 36 percent of GOP voters support the other two bills.
And, just 34 percent of Trump voters support CTPAs corporate reforms, while 51 percent of voters supporting the other bills support CCPAs.
The CPTPP has garnered more attention because of the role of the Trump administration, which has supported the bill.
The President has argued that it would give the country the best chance to stop the trend of large companies spending their political influence to influence the government.
And the CPTPP’s provisions would allow corporations to file a class action lawsuit against large corporations if they believe they have been harmed by a company that they allege