October 14, 2022 7:00am

Election security and other topics.

Looking ahead to November and at mass transportation in the metro area.

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Indianapolis, IN Correspondent

Perceived threats to democracy are among voters’ top concerns going into next month’s elections, according to several recent national polls.

On one side, many believe the Capitol invasion showed democracy at risk. On the other, election fraud is the major concern.

Earlier this year, Indiana’s election integrity bill was signed into law. Its provisions, among other things, strengthen identification requirements for absentee ballots and will allow voters to track their votes by the next presidential election.

In Indiana, the conflict is playing out as perhaps unprecedented interest in the three-way race for Secretary of State, the office that certifies election results.

Power Poll members' responses reflected some of the uncertainty voters may be feeling, with less than 50 percent completely confident in the security of Indiana's elections.

Polls also rank abortion abortion as a top issue in the mid-term elections, and Power Poll respondents agree that the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision will be a factor -- although somewhat less in Indiana than elsewhere.

According to the recent American Perspectives Survey, Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say abortion is critically important to them (49 percent vs. 28 percent). A year ago, the poll’s results were 36 percent vs. 37 percent, respectively.

The survey – conducted by right-leaning American Enterprise Institute – also found that a double-digit gap has emerged between men and women on the importance of abortion. Fourty-four percent of women, compared to 28 percent of men, described abortion as critically important to them.

Although the Red Line has fallen short of key passenger fare revenue projections (with a recent upturn), further expansion of mass transit is critical to Indy’s economic growth, Power Poll members say.

The American Public Transportation Association estimates that every $1 invested in public transit generates $5 – a 400 percent on investment. Critics, however, have labeled the Red Line and planned Blue and Purple Lines a boondoggle.

At present, though, Power Poll members don’t figure heavily among IndyGo riders, with 96 percent saying they never of rarely use mass transit.

About Power Poll: Power Poll asks questions of the most powerful, influential people in U.S. cities. It is not a scientific survey. But because the people responding to the surveys comprise the leadership structure of their cities, the results afford a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts, opinions, and beliefs of those in a position to make change. Power Poll is distinctly nonpartisan.

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