Half Of Americans Think Elections Are Fixed
The way this election is going has a lot of people shook…but as it turns out, the average American isn’t shocked that it looks like things are spinning out of control. Most people actually think that things are predetermined anyway…
More than half of American voters believe that the system U.S. political parties use to pick their candidates for the White House is ‘rigged’ and more than two-thirds want to see the process changed, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
The results echo complaints from Republican front-runner Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders that the system is stacked against them in favor of candidates with close ties to their parties – a critique that has triggered a nationwide debate over whether the process is fair.
The United States is one of just a handful of countries that gives regular voters any say in who should make it onto the presidential ballot.
But the state-by-state system of primaries, caucuses and conventions is complex. Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, said the U.S. presidential nominating system could probably be improved in a number of areas, but noted that the control wielded by party leadership usually became an issue only during tight races.
‘The popular vote overwhelms the rules usually, but in these close elections, everyone pays attention to these arcane rules,’ he said. Some 51 percent of likely voters who responded to the April 21-26 online survey said they believed the primary system was ‘rigged’ against some candidates.
Some 71 percent of respondents said they would prefer to pick their party’s nominee with a direct vote, cutting out the use of delegates as intermediaries. The results also showed 27 percent of likely voters did not understand how the primary process works and 44 percent did not understand why delegates were involved in the first place. The responses were about the same for Republicans and Democrats.
So…if you’re one of the 70% that believe this, are you out here casting ballots or no?