Most Americans think voters in this country don’t have enough say in their government, but at the same time they overwhelmingly believe their fellow countrymen don’t fulfill their responsibility to be informed about the things they vote on.
A new national telephone survey of 1,000 likely U.S. Voters finds that 90 percent think voters in countries with democratically elected governments have a responsibility to be informed about major policy issues. Just 5 percent disagree, while another 5 percent are undecided.
Only 9 percent feel most Americans are informed voters. Eighty-three percent say most are not informed about what they vote on.
Last October, only 12 percent of Americans thought most of their follow citizens were informed voters, while 73 percent believed most of them voted chiefly based on their emotions.
Still, 62 percent of voters think voters in this country do not have enough say when it comes to choosing their leaders. Five percent believe they have too much say, while 27 percent feel the level of choice is about right.
Fifty percent say the United States is more democratic than most other nations, but 20 percent feel it is less democratic. Just as many (21 percent) think it about as democratic as most other nations.
Sixty-two percent still believe their vote really matters, but that’s down from a high of 86 percent in October 2008. Twenty-nine percent disagree.