A majority of Americans haven’t heard about redistricting in their state | The Numbers Racket

A survey by the Pew Research Center found that 85 percent of Americans said they have heard a little or nothing at all about legislative redistricting in their state

By: - March 7, 2022 6:30 am

State Sen. Joseph Thomas, D-Yazoo City, holds a copy of the proposed congressional redistricting map during debate over redistricting at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Jan. 12, 2022 (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis/The Conversation).

While state legislatures across the country have been busy trying to assemble and agree on legislative redistricting maps, a new report is shedding light on Americans’ interest in the maps and the map-making process. 

A survey by the Pew Research Center found that 85 percent of Americans said they have heard a little or nothing at all about legislative redistricting in their state.

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Just 14 percent of respondents said they have heard a lot about the redistricting process in their state.

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When it comes to how the process is playing out, more than half of Americans (55 percent) are unsure how about how redistricting is being handled, compared to 24 percent who said they were dissatisfied with how redistricting is being handled, and 19 percent, who say they are satisfied with how it has been handled.

By Party Affiliation

The survey found that Democrats and those that lean Democrat (48 percent), are more likely than their Republican counterparts (39 percent) to have an opinion about the process in their state. 

Likewise, Democrats and those that lean Democrat were found to have more negative views of the process than Republicans. 

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Dissatisfaction about the process among either party was more likely to occur in states controlled by the opposing party, Pew found. 

Among those living in states under Republican control, 25 percent of respondents reported that they were somewhat or very dissatisfied with how redistricting is being handled in their state, compared to 18 percent who were somewhat or very satisfied with how redistricting is being handled. 

In states under Democratic control, 23 percent of respondents reported that they were somewhat or very dissatisfied with how redistricting is being handled in their state, compared to 22 percent who said they were somewhat or very satisfied. 

In states where control is split, 26 percent of respondents said they were somewhat or very dissatisfied, compared to 17 percent who said they were somewhat or very satisfied with how the redistricting process is being handled in their state.

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared.

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