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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

What America Thinks: Does Your Vote Really Count?

Most voters are heading to the polls today, but does it matter? We decided to find out what America thinks.

Just 40% of Likely Voters think U.S. elections are fair to voters. Only 13% think most members of Congress get reelected because they do a good job representing their constituents. Sixty-two percent (62%) believe instead that most incumbents get reelected because election rules are rigged to their benefit.

That’s fortunate for them since just 29% think their local representative in Congress deserves reelection.

This discontent transcends party lines. Voters are in general agreement that neither major political party has a plan for the future: Just 38% think Democrats have such a plan, and only 34% say the same of the Republicans. In fact, most voters (53%) agree that neither party is the party of the American people.

But voters also blame themselves to some degree. Ninety percent (90%) think voters in countries with democratically elected governments have a responsibility to be informed about major policy issues, but only nine percent (9%) feel most Americans are informed voters.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.