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A top concern for voters? Money in politics

The influence of money in politics has now risen to the top of the heap when it comes to concerns about the upcoming presidential election, a new Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll found.

One-third of Americans pointed to the sway that political donations have as their top worry of six issues tested. In fact, campaign money concerns topped any frets about another Bush and Clinton seeking the White House.

The survey found that Democrats were most concerned about the influence of money in politics. Republicans, who face an array of choices for the presidential nomination, pointed to the tone of the campaign as their concern.

Another worry for many was that the successor to Barack Obama would be unable to change the business-as-usual culture of the nation’s capital.

That money in politics is climbing the rungs of big issues is notable. For years, that concern has lagged behind many others.