NOVEMBER 08, 2012
85 % Concerned over Government Corruption; 76% Receive No Government Benefits
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch and Breitbart.com today released the results of an election night survey of voters conducted by Public Opinion Strategies. The poll reflects the responses of 800 actual 2012 voters. Highlights include:
- A large majority of respondents (65%) “strongly support” voters being required to show an official ID when voting. The issue cuts across party lines, with 94% of Republicans, 59% of Democrats, 80% of Independents, and 76% of overall voters saying that IDs should be required.
- A majority of voters (61%) favor laws requiring local law enforcement officials to verify the immigration status of people they reasonably suspect of being in the country illegally. 43% strongly favor such laws, while only 23% strongly oppose.
- Corruption in the federal government is a serious concern among voters, with 85% saying they are “concerned” and 53% saying they are “very concerned.” When asked if they agree or disagree with the statement, “The larger the size of government, the more opportunities it creates for corruption,” 71% strongly agree. Asked which party they felt could do a better job of “cleaning up corruption in Washington,” 37% chose Democrats, 34% chose Republicans.
- Asked if they or any member of their immediate family is currently receiving government benefits, such as unemployment, school lunches, food stamps, Medicaid, or other public assistance, 76% said “no.” Of the 23% who said “yes,” 9% indicated “self,” 10% said “other,” and 4% said “self and other.” Of the 23% of voters who reported receiving benefits, 46% who said “yes” voted for Romney and 51% for Obama.
- In terms of government transparency, the majority of voters (48%) said they expected the new administration to be no different than the current administration, with 29% saying they expected it to be more transparent.
- A combined total of 57% of voters said they considered the economy and jobs to be the top issues when casting their votes (44% the economy, 13% jobs). 17% said they considered health care to be the most important issue. And none of the social issues scored above 5%.
- The news media did not fare well with voters in the JW survey. Asked whether they agreed or disagreed with the statement, “The press is more likely to favor one candidate for office over another at the expense of their journalistic objectivity,” 77% of the voters agreed and only 19% disagreed. A full 57% strongly agreed with the statement.
“The Judicial Watch/Breitbart/Public Opinion Strategies poll reflected an electorate strongly supportive of protecting both the integrity of the country’s electoral process and our national sovereignty. In both cases, they overwhelmingly disagree with the directions in which the Obama administration has gone. The very high number of Americans – 85% citing corruption in the federal government as a major concern, along with the 71% who “strongly agree” that a larger government tends to be more corrupt – should give the President pause as to where he seems intent upon leading the country,” stated JW President Tom Fitton.
Overall, Public Opinion Strategies interviewed 1,600 2012 voters nationwide. The margin of error for the poll is +/- 2.45%. Results with cross tabs are also available at here.
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