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Campaign Promises: Voters Overwhelmingly Distrust the Politicians They Elect

Rasmussen Reports, 11/2 – 11/3

Campaign Promises

Rasmussen Reports has published a collection of questions analyzing voter opinion on the politicians they elect and the promises they make. Since today is Election Day, it is important to understand which promises we can expect a politician to keep and which ones are as good as gone once they are voted in.

Do most politicians keep their campaign promises?

  • Yes – 4%
  • No – 83%
  • Undecided – 13%

Modern history has revealed that the majority of politicians do not keep their election promises. They bait voters in with flashy proposals that are quickly tossed into the garbage can once they enter office. Talk is cheap and this is something politicians have mastered.

When politicians break campaign promises, it is usually because:

  • Deliberate false promises – 46%
  • Unforeseen events – 42%
  • Undecided – 12%

For every honest politician that exists, there are several that are not. 42 percent of voters believe that politicians break promises as a result of unforeseen events, but willful ignorance shouldn’t qualify as an unforeseen event and neither should promising impossible things. More than likely, the voters who were asked that question gave the politicians the benefit of the doubt when in reality, there should have been a larger majority voting for the deliberately offering false promises choice.

What is more important to you when you vote?

  • A candidates policies – 52%
  • Track record – 36%
  • Their party – 7%
  • Third party support from prominent people – 1%
  • Undecided – 4%

This is a pretty standard answer. One would hope that people vote a person in based on their policies, but a lot of voters still base their decisions on inherited colors.

In covering most candidates, is the media more interested in:

  • The truth – 12%
  • Creating controversy – 82%
  • Undecided – 7%

Controversy sells and the truth does not. The media is only interested in bringing in readers and reporting controversy achieves exactly that.

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