More than seven in ten Americans support requiring voters to provide photo identification in order to cast their ballots, a new AP-NORC survey reveals.
Nearly three-quarters (72%) of all American adults favor requiring a photo ID, as do 72% of Independents and 91% of Republicans. Even 56% of Democrats support requiring photo IDs – despite their party’s push to greatly diminish validation of voter eligibility via its “For the People Act” (H.R. 1). Just 13% of Americans oppose the photo ID requirement, the survey finds.
“More than a dozen mostly Republican-led states” currently have some form of photo ID requirement, AP reports:
“The poll found bipartisan agreement on requiring all voters to provide photo identification at their polling place -- something that more than a dozen mostly Republican-led states have implemented.
“Not all these states have strict rules, though, and many allow voters to sign an affidavit if they don’t have their photo ID with them.”
Democrats’ H.R. 1 would allow people to vote without presenting proof of identity, if they sign a sworn statement, AP reports:
“The bill in Congress would require all states with an ID requirement to allow voters to sign a sworn statement under penalty of perjury and have their ballot counted.”
The survey of 1,166 adults chosen from NORC’s reservoir of panelists was conducted March 26-29, 2021 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.