Ian Patrick, FISM News
Claims of safe and secure elections in the United States of America don’t seem to hold up with the majority of the public.
A new poll from Rasmussen Reports shows that 60% of likely U.S. voters find it “likely that cheating affected the outcomes of some races in last year’s midterm elections.” Of those who think fraud was likely, 37% said it was “very likely.”
Mark Mitchell, the head pollster at Rasmussen, called it “the highest fraud result we’ve ever seen by 2 points.”
On the other hand, 35% of voters said it was “not likely” that fraud was a part of the 2022 midterms. Of this group, 20% said it is “not at all likely.” Mitchell again said that this 35% figure was a record in their polling, noting that it dropped about 4 percentage points from a similar question concerning the 2020 elections.
Broken down by political party, 78% of Republican voters and 48% of Democrat voters said it was at least “likely” there was cheating. Meanwhile, 14% of Republicans and 49% of Democrats opted to say there was no likely cheating.
In addition to this, Rasmussen also asked about the likelihood of officials ignoring election fraud both on the state and federal levels. A surprising 62% of voters said this scenario is likely, which Mitchell called “an astoundingly high number,” while 33% said it was unlikely.
Another question asked if mail-in voting made election fraud easier, given the chaos from both the 2020 presidential election and the 2022 midterms. More than half of the voters (53%) said it was easier to cheat via mail-in voting and 30% said it did not make much of a difference. Only 13% said election fraud was “harder” when done by mail.
Finally, Rasmussen asked if it is more important to make it “easier for everybody to vote” or to safeguard elections from fraud. Again, the majority of voters (60%) said it was more important to protect elections, while 39% said the “everybody” vote was more important.