Presidential campaigns use technology to promote their candidates, influence opinion and win votes, app for election information can be used to help people
Political.com poll finds 77% would use new app to fact check political TV ads
As presidential campaigns use technology to promote their candidates, influence opinion and win votes, technology is also being harnessed to help voters sort through all the political “spin.” Created by former MIT students, the new Super PAC App “listens” to political TV ads and tells the user how much money was spent on the ad, as well as the organization that funded it. According to a Political.com poll, 77% of respondents would use the new app, while 23% would not.
The app also allows users to rate the ad and fact check the claims that are made based on information provided by third-party, nonpartisan sources. When Politcal.com asked voters if they currently fact check claims made by political ads, 55% said they frequently do, 34% said they sometimes do, and 11% don’t fact-check.
Super PAC App is named for the political action committees (PACs) that can raise and spend an unlimited amount of money to explicitly advocate for or against political candidates. Super PACS are spending record sums of money creating and airing political ads in the run up to the November presidential election. Eighty percent of Political.com voters say Super PACs wield too much influence in national politics, while 12% disagree.
Regarding the increasingly negative tone of this year’s campaign, 45% of Political.com voters say that negative ads are effective, 40% say they aren’t, and 15% are unsure of their impact. When asked if running a negative campaign hurts or helps a candidate’s chances, 54% of voters believe it hurts, while 20% say it helps, and 26% are unsure. Additionally, 72% think this year’s presidential race has been more negative than previous ones, while 26% says it’s about the same.
Finally, when asked how often they though negative TV ads are truthful, 57% responded they are seldom truthful, 33% think they are sometimes truthful, and 8% say they are never truthful.
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