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.
- 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.