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Presidential Election Electoral College 2012

Share your opinions and beliefs about the electoral college system.
How would you describe your knowledge about the electoral college system?
I am an expert
I know the basics that we all learned in school
I know a just little bit about it
All I know is that it has something to do with elections
I don't know what it is
What do you think about the media showing electoral college maps before the election? Check all that apply.
I love seeing all of the analysis and learning more about the system
They are all entitled to their interpretation, I guess
I think they do not really know what will happen until the actual election
I think it has undue influence over the outcome of the election
I think they have it so well predicted, that it spoils the surprise of who wins
I think that the idea of "tossup" state just forces the candidates to campaign harder in certain states and ignore everyone else.
I think that it make voters feel more helpless about the outcome.
I think that it makes voters feel more empowered to influence the outcome.
They all just want to look smart and there are too many commentators.
I think that the electoral college:
Makes my individual vote count more
Makes my individual vote count about the same as direct voting
Makes my individual vote count less
Why do you think there is the general election, a delay, and then the electoral college vote?
To add a check and balance to the sytem
To give time for the popular vote to get counted so that the electors know how to cast their votes
It is a backup measure in case something happens to the president-elect before the inauguration
It is a way for political party leaders to manipulate the process
Because the population is not trusted to make a good choice on their own
To allow some extra time to reverse things in case some new dirt turns up on the president-elect.
I have no clue - isn't everything set in stone as soon as the popular vote is counted?
Do you know how your state chooses its electors?
Yes
No
What is an elector?
What do you think of the electoral college?
It is a brilliant way to make sure we get things right.
Its nice to have a backup process, but it usually doesn't make any difference.
I can take it or leave it.
I think something is fishy about it.
I think it cheats voters out having their vote counted directly.
Do you think that most voters know how this system works?
Yes
Maybe
They don't have a clue
Give your opinion of the system in 10 words or less. Thank you for participating.
This poll was created on 2012-10-09 17:45:15 by pollster89