Eighty-one percent (81%) of voters trust elections conducted by paper ballots cast in a supervised election facility. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 78% say the same about electronic ballots cast in a supervised facility.
However, just 65% have such confidence in mail-in ballots. Three states currently use mail-in ballots for their elections (Oregon, Washington and Colorado). Just 34% trust voting by smartphone (see question wording and crosstabs).
The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted October 31-November 1, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the demographic profile of our sample). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
Despite their general skepticism about unsupervised voting, 79% think it’s likely most voting will be done online within 20-25 years.
While voters are generally confident about counting the votes, they are less comfortable with what the winners do after election day. Seventy percent (70%) believe elected officials use their position to help businesses that support them.
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