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Will 2022 Vote Be Fair? Nearly A Third Of Americans Say No: I&I/TIPP Poll

Will America’s elections in November be fair and free of fraud? Unfortunately, nearly a third of all Americans believe the answer is “no,” the latest monthly I&I/TIPP Poll found, suggesting that the November mid-term congressional elections could be among the most closely scrutinized in recent history.

The May poll asked 1,320 Americans, “Generally speaking, how confident are you that votes will be cast and counted accurately in the November elections?”

Among those responding, 61% said they were either “very confident” (36%) or “somewhat confident” (25%).

On the other hand, 31% said they were “not confident, with 20% saying they were “not very confident” and 11% saying they were “not at all confident.”

Put another way, nearly one out of three voters believe our coming mid-term elections will not be fair, a perhaps disappointing result in a country that has long prided itself on having clean, transparent and honest elections.

And there is the usual sharp split between Republicans and Democrats, who based on polling results increasingly appear to live in two separate Americas.

Democrats overwhelmingly believe our elections are above-board and fair. By 86% to 9%, Dems felt their votes would be cast and counted accurately in the upcoming election.

A majority of Republicans felt the opposite: Just 43% felt their votes would be fairly counted, versus 52% who said they wouldn’t.

Most independents agreed with the Democrats, but the margin was much smaller: 53% to 39%.

But, in breaking down the data further, they were far closer to the Republicans than the Democrats in saying they were “not very confident” in the upcoming election’s fairness. Just 7% of Democrats said they weren’t very confident, compared to 32% of GOP members and 25% of independents.

The poll then asked a follow-up question about the previous presidential election: “Generally speaking, how confident are you that votes were cast and counted accurately in the 2020 Presidential elections?”

There has been a spirited and at times acrimonious debate over the last two years over how the 2020 election was conducted.

By 58% to 34%, Americans said they were “confident” that the results were fair, with just 7% saying they weren’t sure.

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Given the bitterness of recent debate, the political breakdown of responses should surprise no one: 88% of Democrats believe votes during the 2020 election were “cast and counted accurately,” versus just 7% who said they weren’t.

Both Republicans and independents showed far more skepticism. Only 32% of Republicans said they felt the election was clean, while 65% said it wasn’t.

Meanwhile, independents came in at 54% to 40%, showing that two of five independent voters think election shenanigans marred the 2020 vote, a significant share of the voting public when the Republican tally is added in.

With such polarized views of how our elections are conducted, the upcoming 2022 mid-term election campaign could once again turn highly angry and partisan, as it did in 2020’s presidential vote.

The debate has already kicked off, with the release of conservative filmmaker and commentator Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary “2000 Mules.” That film purports to show “widespread, coordinated voter fraud in the 2020 election, sufficient to change the overall outcome.”

It has set off a firestorm of debate, with politically competing efforts made to “debunk” the film’s bold assertion of an illegitimate 2020 election.

Last week, the film’s executive producers, Salem Media Group, claimed it has already become “the most successful political documentary in a decade,” with more than one million viewers in less than 12 hours on Rumble, a video streaming service. The film grossed more than $10 million in its first 10 days of release.

So the 2022 election season has already opened with a bang.

While Democrats and mainstream media discount GOP claims of voter fraud, state-level investigations of voting irregularities in 2020 continue.

Meanwhile, Democrats seek to reverse a spate of dismal political polls that show them losing ground to Republicans amid soaring inflation, ongoing damage from COVID lockdowns, supply-chain disruptions, public school failures, and surging gasoline prices.

As the I&I/TIPP Poll shows, Democrats strongly reject GOP claims of voter fraud. Instead, they’ll focus on the leak of an upcoming Roe v Wade decision that appears to overturn the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 ruling that created a constitutional right to abortion.

That decision, if handed down as expected this summer, could be a game-changer, Democrats and their media supporters hope, by energizing their progressive base. In the words of a recent USA Today headline: “It’s time for Democrats to use the leaked Roe opinion as a battering ram against the GOP.”

A movement in Congress is already afoot to eliminate the filibuster, which would let the Democrats pursue a controversial agenda that includes expansion of abortion rights, more climate change restrictions on energy, universal pre-K, and sharp limits on Americans’ Second Amendment rights, among other policies.

In addition, they’re tarring GOP governors as “Ultra-MAGA” Donald Trump supporters. As NBC News described it, “Democrats test a midterm strategy: Meddling in GOP governor’s races.”

“They are investing millions of dollars to meddle in Republican primaries for governor, attempting to elevate their preferred competitors in November or weaken their biggest threats,” NBC wrote.

Buckle up. Both Republicans and Democrats are fully loaded and primed to fight in 2022.

Each month, I&I/TIPP publishes timely and informative data from our polls on this topic and others of interest. TIPP has earned a reputation for excellence by being the most accurate pollster for the past five presidential elections.

Terry Jones is an editor of Issues & Insights. His four decades of journalism experience include serving as national issues editor, economics editor, and editorial page editor for Investor’s Business Daily.

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Terry Jones

Terry Jones was part of Investor's Business Daily from its inception in 1983, working in a variety of posts, including reporter, economics correspondent, National Issues editor and economics editor. Most recently, from 1996 to 2019, he served as associate editor of the newspaper and deputy editor and editor of IBD's Issues & Insights. His many media appearances include spots on the Larry Kudlow, Bill O’Reilly, Dennis Miller, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved and Glenn Beck shows. He also served as Free Markets columnist for Townhall Magazine, and as a weekly guest on PJTV’s The Front Page. He holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from UCLA, and is an Abraham Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute


  • “Roe v Wade” does not seem to be getting much traction as an issue this time around, as the Democrat pro-choice propaganda suffers from a major logical contradiction or dissonance. Watching major media interviews with Democrat pro-abortion propagandists, I was struck by their strident, forceful argument for women having full control of their bodies for this one medical procedure. Abortions are probably less than 1% of USA medical procedures. The dissonance, which goes unspoken and is never addressed, is that the same Democrat propagandists believe people should submit to one-size-fits-all government mandates for the other 99% of medicine and life and language in general. For example, mandated medical insurance. More notably, mandatory COVID vaxxing and treatment protocols that deny doctor and patient choice. Even a court order may not be enough to get hospitals to defy government mandates and accede to patient requests for ivermectin or hydroxychlorquine. Why should medical choice only exist for abortions? Why not have choice over vaxxing, COVID treatments, etc. Why not full choice for all medicines and medical procedures? 1% choice and 99% no-choice does seem like pro-choice.

  • Where ever a Democrat office holder’s position is in jeopardy there will be voter fraud; because all previous fraud has been swept under the rug of denial.

  • On one side of the 2022 elections are those who appear to have committed election fraud to remove Trump from power. The Democratic Party barely controls Congress. The Republicans are surging toward the 2022 midterms. Now a hypothetical: A political party manipulates an election to put their person in the White House. Unexpectedly, to them, their policies galvanize a large percentage of voters against them. A midterm approaches two years after a seemingly manipulated election. The Democratic Party can see that their policies have jeopardized their hold on Congress. If a Congress is elected by the same side that feels they were cheated in 2020 and who are now hurt by the economy, it has the potential to expose and eviscerate the Democratic Party and their man in the White House (if the GOP takes both House and Senate). Now the question. In this hypothetical would the party which holds the White House as well as Congress risk all they gained in 2020 as well as the probability of subpoenas and indictments by allowing a fair election to occur in 2022? The 2022 elections are an existential threat to the Democratic Party, its policies and its leadership.

  • When SCOTUS refused to hear Georgia they cemented the democrat fraud machinery in place. There will never be another free and fair election in this country. Republicans are powerless to stop it.

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