A new poll from Elon University finds more than half of N.C. voters surveyed consider election fraud a “major problem” in the state.
The poll was conducted this week in the wake of the dramatic hearings over alleged ballot fraud in the ninth congressional district,
“Now months out from the tainted 9th District election, North Carolina voters are broadly skeptical of elections in the state,” said Jason Husser, director of the Elon Poll and associate professor of political science, in a statement on the results. “A majority of the electorate has clear concerns about the fairness of future elections and the extent of fraud.”
The poll found 60 percent of those polled are still “somewhat” confident in the fairness of elections in the state, while 22 percent said they were not at all confident. Only 18 percent said they were very confident.
The degree to which those polled found election fraud to be major problem varied depending upon their political identification. While 61 percent of Democrats said they believe it is a major problem in the state, 46 percent of Independents said it was and 44 percent of Republicans.
Race and awareness of the ninth district case were also determining factors.
Among black respondents, 64 percent said they believed election fraud was a major problem in the state. Sixty-five percent of respondents who designated themselves “other” when asked about their race agreed. Forty-five percent of white respondents said it was a major problem.
Those who said they paid more attention to the ninth district case were also more likely to see the problem as more serious. Among those who said they followed it very closely, 62 percent said election fraud is a major problem. Among those who said they didn’t follow the case, just 37 percent said it was a major problem.
See the full results and information about methodology here.