American Opinions On Voter ID

A new poll from Monmouth University was released last week. Among the questions, the pollsters asked was: “In general do you support or oppose requiring voters to show a photo ID in order to vote?”

The poll showed that a huge majority-80%-favored having to show a photo ID to vote. Only 18% opposed and that left 2% as undecided, meaning that very few people do not have an opinion on the issue.

If we look at a breakdown of the numbers, we find that 91 percent of Republicans supported photo ID. and 87 percent of independents and even among Democrats the majority in favor of voter ID was large, at 62 percent.

Reviewing the numbers among other demographics reveals similar results: along racial lines, 77 percent of white voters supported photo ID and the number was even higher among non-white voters with 84 percent supporting a photo requirement, too. Along educational lines, 69 percent of Americans with a four-year college degree favored ID, and 85 percent of those with no degree favored it. When divided by age, 78 percent of Americans age 18 to 34 supported it, 82 percent of those 35 to 54 supported it, and 79 percent of people 55 and older supported it. And the results by income level, 81 percent of people who make less than $50,000 a year supported ID, while 82 percent of people who make between $50,000 and $100,000 supported it, and 76 percent of people who make more than $100,000 supported it.

Every single demographic supported a photo ID requirement, without exception. It just makes sense. Yet liberals and the majority of Democratic office holders have opposed it for years, calling it “voter suppression”. The media has largely bought into that line, suggesting that they know better than 8 in 10 of the American people.  That has always been puzzling since so many other things in society require a photo ID, and requiring one to vote is simply “voter integrity” and makes sure that people who are voting are not committing fraud.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) refused to back the Democratic election law bill, and has introduced an amendment to require a photo ID. Now that another Democrat has said that photo ID requirement is a good thing, and the Monmouth poll says that an overwhelming majority of voters, including Democratic voters, are in favor of a voter ID, it will be interesting to see if Democrats such as Stacy Abrams and others on the fringe start to change their tune.

One thought on “American Opinions On Voter ID”

  1. Yes, Manchin’s proposal sounds like a very sensible compromise: nonpartisan commissions to draw district lines to end gerrymandering, automatic voter registration (unless they opt out), and the voter ID check that you mention. The first issue is a nonpartisan one that everyone should support (proportional representation would be the more elegant and robust fix but obviously not one likely for either party to get behind), and packaging a voter reform Democrats favor with one that Republicans favor should make the whole package appealing to everyone.


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