The Republican Party of Iowa tries to convince us that the caucuses were hunky-dory:
GOP Survey: 79% Give High Marks to Iowa caucuses
DES MOINES, Iowa– A new non-scientific survey shows seventy-nine percent of Republicans rate the accuracy of the presidential vote tabulation process used at the 2012 Iowa caucus as excellent or good.
That accuracy question received the highest rating in the survey of Republicans who attended the Iowa caucuses.
The survey of 669 Republicans by the Iowa Caucus Review Committee was conducted Monday, May 7 through Sunday, May 13. Of those who responded, 250 also offered ideas and suggestions on how to improve the caucuses. The information will be used by the committee which is developing recommendations to improve the Iowa caucuses. The next meeting of the committee is 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30th at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.
On the other hand, 68% gave a poor or fair rating to the release by the Republican Party of Iowa of caucus vote results to the media and public.
Seventy-one percent said their overall view of the Iowa caucuses was excellent or good.
Sixty-two percent of those who received caucus training said it was excellent or good. However, 43% indicated they received no training.
“This is very useful information for the committee,” said Bill Schickel, committee chairman. “It tells us what we are doing right and gives us guidance in the areas that we need to improve.”
The survey was conducted by email utilizing Survey Monkey software.
A poll via e-mail! An admittedly unscientific one!
In case you’ve forgotten, this is the caucus – the first in the nation, giving the state an influence in the nomination process that is wildly disproportionate to its population or even cultural influence – that could not say with certainty who won. To refresh: “Lost in the mail, lost in the paper shuffle, and possibly misfiled were among the reasons that Republican leaders in five Iowa counties gave as why votes were ultimately not counted in the Jan. 3 caucuses. Eight Iowa precinct caucuses in five counties lost the documentation of the Jan. 3 caucus straw poll — called Form E — and could not be counted in the final totals for the tightest caucus contest in history.”
So, yes, Iowa Republicans, there are some areas you need to improve, like the minor detail of recording and counting the votes, which is basically the purpose of the whole thing.
May I recommend scrapping the caucus and moving to primaries, which allow more people to participate?