Among voters nationwide
Do you think it should be easier or harder for people to vote in American elections than it is currently?
No change: 21%
RON’S COMMENT: Though voters are more likely to believe voting laws should be made easier than harder, there is no majority that has formed on this issue…. You can say that nearly half of all voters (49%) want either the status quo or laws that make voting harder. Of course, this also means that 62% do not want to make voting harder.
Should a photo ID be required to vote in-person, or should voters be able to cast a ballot without showing a photo ID?
Photo ID should be required to vote in-person: 65%
Voters should be able to vote without showing a photo ID: 24%
RON’S COMMENT: A big majority of voters (65%) favor requiring photo IDs to vote––with 48% of Democrats, 87% of Republicans and 68% of Republicans agreeing. Also: 60% of Blacks and 61% of Hispanics favor requiring photo IDs to vote…. Democrats who oppose requiring photo IDs to vote will have a tough time selling their position to the electorate.
Should voters always be able to vote by mail, or should they only be able to vote by mail if they give officials a specific reason why they can’t vote in-person?
Voters should always be able to vote by mail: 48%
Voters should only be allowed to vote by mail if they can’t vote in-person: 43%
RON’S COMMENT: 72% of Democrats, 18% of Republicans and 40% of independents favor allowing voters to always vote by mail.
Should election officials send absentee ballots only to voters who request them, or should they send absentee ballots to every registered voter?
Absentee ballots should be sent to voters who request them: 64%
Absentee ballots should be sent to every registered voter: 25%
RON’S COMMENT: Voters are clear in their opposition to sending absentee ballots to every registered voter. By party: Only 39% of Democrats, 9% of Republicans and 21% of independents favor sending absentee ballots to every registered voter.