Election Hanky Panky

ELECTION HANKY PANKY….I’m not sure how much to make of this, but the Economist had a remarkable poll result in this week’s issue. The question at hand was whether the upcoming election will be fair.

As you can see from the chart on the right, 90% of Republicans figure the election is pretty likely to be fair. For Democrats, exactly the opposite is true: nearly two-thirds have very little confidence in the election.

I’m not sure what to think of this. Maybe it doesn’t mean a thing, and if Bush had lost the Florida recount in 2000 the roles would be reversed. But it’s disturbingly banana-republic-like when a large majority of the opposition party is convinced that the election mechanics are rigged against them. Has there been any other presidential election in recent history where that was true?

Support the Washington Monthly and get a FREE subscription