Tuesday, November 08, 2005
California proposition 77 polling
The redistricting issue might seem to be a juicy target for reform via proposition. It should be easy to paint the districting process as corrupt and that "simple honest effort" would make the process much more fair. And who would want to campaign in favor of gerrymandering? Yet the polling here is largely "No", though there is a little right-tail in the spread graph. But bet "no" on what might have seemed like a proposition with a real chance.
Polling also shows redistricting reform trailing in Ohio, faced with strong opposition from Republican officials (who stand to lose control over the current redistricting process.)
"Fair redistricting" is a lot harder than proponents suggest, so there is a lot of oversimplification of the issue. But I remain surprised that this issue hasn't been welcomed by voters.