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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Another poll shows high US voter angst.

A new AP/Ipsos poll shows that US voters are worried about whether there will be a clear winner in next week's presidential election. This finding parallels that of the Economist poll cited in the post below.

Six in 10 of those surveyed in an Associated Press poll say it's likely there will not be a clear winner in the presidential race by November 3 -- the day after the election. About half say they fear the results will be challenged in court, according to the poll conducted for the AP by Ipsos Public Affairs.

Both Democrats and Republicans worry about the possibility of an unresolved election -- though Democrats express more worries. About seven in 10 Democratic voters, 69 percent, say they think it's likely there won't be a clear winner by Election Day, while almost six in 10 Republican voters, 56 percent, say they feel that way.


As in the Economist poll, voters' opinions of election fairness vary widely according to party affiliation. For example, the AP/Ipsos poll found that more than three quarters of Republicans feel that the vote tally in their state will be fair, while just under half of Democrats feel that way.

A big factor in the nervousness about election results is the ghost of Florida in 2000:

More than half in the poll, 54 percent, say they think the vote count in Florida was not fair and accurate, with Republicans overwhelmingly saying it was and Democrats overwhelmingly saying it was not. Independents say by a 2-to-1 margin that it was not fair.

Pamela Martin, a 52-year-old Democrat from Miami, says she was "not too confident" that 2004 will be any better in Florida than the last time around. Martin, who is black, says she heard plenty of stories about blacks who had trouble voting the last time.


Via CNN.

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