Pollster says more candidates will start refusing PAC money

Pollster Dan Cox told "What America's Thinking" on Thursday that more political candidates will likely follow in Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate Krystal Ball on Sanders debate performance: 'He absolutely hit it out of the park' MORE's (I-Vt.) footsteps by refusing to take PAC money, focusing instead on smaller donations. 

"I think you're seeing candidates too, really embrace this, at least on the left, where there's Bernie Sanders raising a large number of small-dollar donations, and are refusing PAC money," Cox, a polling and public opinion research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons. 

"I think you're going to see that increasing," he added. 

Sanders made headlines this week, raising $6 million in the first 24 hours after he announced he was launching a second bid for the presidency, breaking the previous record among 2020 candidates of $1.5 million raised in the first day of a campaign, set by Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate 2020 Democrats recognize Pronouns Day MORE (D-Calif.). 

A recent Ipsos Public Affairs survey found that most Americans agreed that there needs to be more transparency on the issue of campaign finance reform. 

Sixty-seven percent of Americans said they believed U.S. presidential campaigns should come in a limited time frame, while only 14 percent said they should not. 

Seventy-two percent of Democrats and 68 percent of Republicans said the campaigns should take place in a limited time frame. 

Eighty-eight percent of Americans said political TV ads should be required to disclose who paid for the ad, while 87 percent said the same about online ads. 

— Julia Manchester