Rigged?!? About half of Americans thinks pretty much EVERYTHING might be fixed
Do you think it's possible to rig a presidential election? How about one of the nation's top sporting events?
If you answered yes, you're not alone.
A Seton Hall Sports Poll released on Oct. 31 revealed that 47 percent of Americans believe a presidential election could be rigged by outside influences. Almost the same number, at 46 percent, said they don't think it's possible for outside influences to rig an election.
For months now Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has told his supporters that the entire U.S. voting system is rigged. During the third and last presidential debate on Oct. 19, Trump suggested he might not accept the results on Nov. 8 if they aren't favorable to him, telling the American public, "I will keep you in suspense.”
But it's not only a presidential election Americans think could be rigged. They also are suspicious of many of the nation's top sporting events.
When asked if an NFL game could be rigged by outside influences, 52 percent said "yes," with 42 percent saying "no." College football games netted similar results with 47 percent saying "yes," and 46 percent saying "no."
Pollsters also asked if NBA games could be rigged by outside influences. The results were almost identical to those for NFL games, with 51 percent saying "yes" and 42 percent saying "no."
When it comes to one of America's favorite pastimes, people were less likely to say games could be rigged, at least when asked about the World Series. In fact, a majority of those polled, 51 percent, didn't think it was possible to rig the World Series.
The poll was conducted via landlines and cellphones from Oct. 24 through Oct. 26 among 841 adults with a margin of error of +/-3.4 percent.