Rasmussen Poll: 75% Support Photo IDs for Voters

Thursday, 09 Jun 2011 12:28 PM

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Support for requiring voters to produce photo IDs before casting their ballots remains strong as more states push to enact such measures. A new poll from Rasmussen Reports found that 75 percent support such measures, with previous polls showing support as high as 82 percent.

Voter, ID, photo, polls, RasmussenSupport for laws that require producing a document such as a driver’s license crosses political boundaries with strong majority support among Republicans, Democrats and independents. Republicans support the idea by 85 percent; Democrats, 63 percent; and independents, 77, Rasmussen’s June 6-8 survey of 1,000 likely voters found. Only 18 percent oppose such laws.

Support for such laws has ranged from 75 percent to 82 percent since June 2006, Rasmussen notes.

Supporters believe the laws will decrease fraud, while opponents see them as suppressing minority and elderly American votes. Those surveyed, by a 48 to 29 percent margin, said letting ineligible people vote is a bigger problem than preventing legitimate voters from voting. Just 1 percent of those polled say they have ever been denied the right to vote.

Regardless, only 54 percent think elections are fair, and 53 percent think members of Congress get re-elected because rules favor incumbents.

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