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Majority of Americans Believe Elections Are Unfair

Rasmussen Reports, 10/13 – 10/14

Fairness of US Elections

  • Fair – 40%
  • Unfair – 42%
  • Undecided – 18%

Rasmussen Reports decided to take a look at how the average American felt about elections and whether or not they believed that they are fair. 1,000 likely voters were asked to participate in this poll. Not surprisingly, most voters believe that the American election system is unfair. In fact, 42 percent shared that sentiment, 40 percent believed that they are fair, and 18 percent were undecided.

Additionally, voters have low confidence in the election system and feel that Congressmen often get reelected due to corruption of the system. 13 percent stated that Congressman are fairly reelected because they serve the people who vote for them, 62 percent stated that the system is rigged and that they are unfairly reelected, and 25 percent were undecided.

When asked whether or not a group of randomly selected people could run the country better than the current elected officials, 42 percent believed that they could, 37 percent did not, and 21 percent were undecided.

Voters were also asked if they believed that the current federal government had the consent of the majority of Americans. 20 percent claimed that they do, 63 percent that they do not, and 18 percent were undecided.

Finally, voters were asked about who Congressmen listen to the most. 8 percent believed that they listen to voters, 81 percent their party leaders, and 11 percent were undecided.

The results of this poll are not surprising as most Americans have low confidence in government due to partisan politics and the current status of Congress. The age of political activism on a grassroots level is over. Instead, politics is about money, and the average American doesn’t possess the wealth to keep up with the big business game of modern politics.

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