Samantha Hayes Reporting America has spoken, but Americans disagree on the outcome of the presidential race, and to some extent, the process by which we elect the President.
Certainly most Utahns polled believe George W. Bush won this election fair and square. It was another nail biter, but in the end George W. Bush won both the popular vote and the 270 electoral votes needed to win the Presidency for another term.
Marilyn Grant, Utah Voter: “I think they went out of their way to make sure everything was on the up and up.”
In and exclusive poll for KSL-TV by Survey USA, 85% of people polled in Salt Lake City say George Bush's victory was fair.
Angelo Griffin, Utah Voter: “I believe it was a fair decision, overall, collectively as a nation. The votes were fair and the nation decided to go in the direction Bush is leading us.”
14% say he won on a technicality. 88% say it was right for Senator John Kerry to concede. 11% say he should have fought on.
As for the way we elect the President, with the electoral college, 62% say it’s fundamentally sound.
Roger Livingston, Senior Advisor to Sen. Orrin Hatch: “In other words, if we didn’t have the electoral college, Utah wouldn’t even matter in the presidential election. The ten major media markets in our country would decide the election.”
37% say the voting process is fundamentally flawed.
Donald Dunn, Utah Dem. Party Chair: “I think we ought to take the electoral college, wrap it up in a box, and throw it in the garbage.”
67% of the Democrats say the system is flawed, and 22% of Republicans say the process flawed.