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Data: SurveyMonkey polls, March 6 to 8Poll methodology. "No answer" responses excluded. Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

At the South by Southwest festival today, I'm moderating a panel on "Reforming the Vote." Jon Cohen of SurveyMonkey, a great Axios partner, tees up the conversation with this exclusive data:

  • "People’s expressed faith in democracy is tightly coupled with their partisanship in ways that threaten the system itself."
  • "Concern about voter fraud peaks among Rs, while worry about hacking by foreigners is significantly higher among Ds."
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Data: SurveyMonkey polls, March 6 to 8Poll methodology. "No answer" responses excluded. Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios
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