By: E&P Staff
Gallup reports today, less than two weeks from the midterm elections, that a new poll finds that only about one in four Americans are “very confident” that votes across the country will be accurately cast and counted and that workers at voting facilities will be capable of resolving any problems. “The public places equal trust in electronic or computerized ballots and paper ballots to correctly record its votes this year,” Gallup relates.
“Republicans and Democrats differ in their overall confidence in the country’s voting system, with Republicans much more likely than Democrats to express confidence in the accuracy of the vote counts, in the workers at polling facilities, and in the trustworthiness of electronic ballots.”
The overall number expressing a high degree of confidence, in the poll taken Oct. 20-22, is 28%, with 4 in 10 Republicans very confident versus only 17% of Democrats. Republicans also express more faith in electronic ballots than Democrats.
The confidence level is about the same as in 2004, Gallup reports. Voters have more confidence in their local polling places than the national picture.