Here’s a brain-teaser: Rasmussen, the conservative polling firm, has found that “53% of Likely U.S. Voters think most members of Congress get reelected because election rules are rigged to benefit incumbents.” Which is to say—as Rasmussen’s headline puts it more succinctly—that “53% Say Elections Are Rigged To Help Incumbents in Congress.”
But here’s the opening sentence of the item:
“Voters are still wary of the congressional election process but just over half believe elections are fair to voters.”
That would seem to be based on the following finding, noted further down:
“The number of voters who believe the election process is fair also continues to hover around the halfway mark. Just 54% of voters now think that American elections are fair to voters.”
Either Rasmussen fails to see the contradiction there, or they don’t have a problem with statistics that add up to, like, 107% of “Likely U.S. Voters.”
Probably both things are true, since (1) the fact that US “elections are rigged” (in one way or another) is taboo—and so it’s inconceivable that a majority of voters could believe it; and (2) the numbers in US elections never actually add up, so there’s no reason why Rasmussen’s should, either.
Are Our Elections Rigged? Rasmussen Poll
by EDITOR REPOSTS
53% Say Elections Are Rigged To Help Incumbents in Congress
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Voters are still wary of the congressional election process but just over half believe elections are fair to voters.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters think most members of Congress get reelected because election rules are rigged to benefit incumbents. Only 17% believe most congressmen get reelected because of the good job they do representing their constituents. A sizable 30% aren’t sure which is the case. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
These findings have changed little over the past two years, highlighting voters’ continuing distrust of the process. After all, the word “rigged” is a strong term to include in a survey question, and yet half the nation’s voters believe it applies to election rules for members of Congress.