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Poll Results

New Mexico Business Leader Survey: Ethics and Money in Politics, January 2019

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Date Published
February 05, 2019

This survey research study was commissioned by the Committee for Economic Development, a non-partisan business-led public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. 

The research objectives of this study are to assess New Mexico business leaders’ perceptions of the influence of money in politics, the importance of various details of the state Ethics Commission, campaign finance reform and transparency, and proposals the New Mexico State Legislature may consider to change transparency laws and the campaign finance system. This study tracks results to the 2015, 2016, and 2017 studies, where applicable.

252 business leaders from across the state were surveyed between December and January and identified the following areas of concerns:

New Mexico’s business leaders were also asked to rate their level of support for proposals that the state Legislature may consider adopting. Consistent with polling conducted in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, the vast majority of leaders support each proposal tested.

In November 2018, New Mexico voters overwhelmingly passed the constitutional amendment to create an Independent Ethics Commission with a three quarters majority.  New Mexico state legislators are currently determining how the commission will operate. The New Mexico business leaders were asked to rate the overall importance of various elements of the Independent Ethics Commission, including:

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