A majority of Texans say they’re skeptical of the outcome of the election, regardless of who wins. This is according to the latest poll out of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin. Project Director Jim Henson says the results of the poll seem to show that attitudes toward democracy are underwater in Texas. “60% of Texans can't simply tell us ‘Yes, I'll trust the outcome of the presidential election’. And it's hard to look at that as anything but bad news for a system that has always been about people trusting the outcome of election and the peaceful transition of power.”
Henson says the lack of trust in election systems is not necessarily a partisan issue. “Both Democrats and Republicans have real doubts about the election systems, but for different reasons. And the problems that they think are extremely serious are different.”
One prime example of the partisan difference has to do with the seriousness of the election threats cited by the eligible Texas voters who responded to the question: How serious is people voting who are not eligible? 60% of Republicans say that's an extremely serious problem. 47% of Democrats say it's not serious at all.
On the flips side, Texas Democrats’ top election threat was ‘interference from foreign governments’. 57% of Democrats found it to be extremely serious while just 25% of Republicans did.
There was one issue the two parties agreed on and is seen as the top threat to a fair election for both parties: MISINFORMATION SPREAD THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA. 65% of Texas Democrats found it to be a serious threat and 61% of Republicans agreed.