Wisconsin recall: Should there be a recall at all?
By Scott Clement, Peyton M. Craighill and Jon Cohen,
Today’s Wisconsin recall is a very rare election - only 19 states even allow recall elections and just three sitting governors have faced a recall vote in all of U.S. history. That begs the question: When are recall elections appropriate?<img src=”https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/oimg?key=0AnXV1oFtPmr7dGxRTWNVaHFOV3BST2NTdkhKaVQ4TUE&oid=1&zx=i8oyet3ok72c” />
Just about three in 10 said recall elections are appropriate for any reason, according to preliminary exit poll results. But the answer depends heavily on whether your party’s candidate is being dragged to the ballot box before their term is up. Republicans said by a near unanimous margin that recall elections are never appropriate or only appropriate in the case of official misconduct. But slight majority of Democratic voters said recall elections are appropriate “for any reason.”