Nearly two-thirds of Idahoans are concerned about the security of their vote in this year’s mid-term elections, a recent Idaho Politics Weekly poll shows.

That’s not a healthy finding for our democratic process.

Pollster Dan Jones & Associates finds in a survey that 62 percent are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about the security of the 2018 vote.

Thirty-seven percent feel good about the security of the ballot, and 1 percent don’t have an opinion.

No doubt the insecurity stems from various federal government reports that Russia attempted in different ways – from computer hacking of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign email to Facebook influence-seeking “fake” ads – to sway the 2016 elections.

And partisan politics is seen in Idahoans’ response to Jones’ poll:

  • Just half (50 percent) of Republicans have concerns about this year’s vote security.
  • 49 percent are not concerned about ballot safety.
  • But Democrats have a very different view: 87 percent are concerned about someone messing with the ballot, only 13 percent are not.
  • Political independents are also greatly worried, with 66-31 percent saying they are concerned about the ballot’s safety.

Still, on a partisan basis, most Idahoans are more concerned than not, no matter what your political party.

Other numbers:

  • Men are less concerned than are women.

  • 58 percent of men are worried about the ballot’s safety, but 67 percent of women are.

  • Those who said they are “very conservative” politically are concerned about the ballot’s safety, 55-45 percent.

  • Those who said they are “somewhat” conservative, 54-44 percent concerned.

  • The “moderates,” 62-36 percent concerned.

  • The “somewhat” liberals, 82-19 percent.

  • And those who told Jones they are “very” liberal politically, 78-22 percent concerned.

Jones polled 619 adults from Nov. 8-15. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.94 percent.