Most voters are pretty confident that the right candidates were the official winners in last Tuesday’s elections, but nearly one-in-five think a lot of ineligible voters were allowed to cast ballots.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 74% of those who said they voted are at least somewhat confident that ballots were properly counted Tuesday and the right candidates were declared the winners. But that includes only 34% who are Very Confident of that fact.
Twenty-four percent (24%) of Tuesday’s voters don’t share that confidence, with seven percent (7%) who are Not At All Confident.
This is virtually identical to the responses from Likely U.S. Voters in a survey last month before their votes were cast and shows slightly more confidence in the process than voters expressed just after the midterm elections in November 2006.
But seven percent (7%) of all Likely U.S. Voters say they personally know somebody who believes their vote was not properly counted on Tuesday. That’s down five points from November 2006. Eighty-two percent (82%) say they are not aware of someone like that.
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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on November 5-6, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
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