One Thing Republicans, Democrats, Blacks, Whites, Rich And Poor Have In Common: Support For Voter ID

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As State courts go back and forth over the Constitutionality of voter identification laws, public opinion appears to strongly favor voter ID as a means of reducing elections fraud. Significantly, a majority of Americans identifying with both major parties supports some form of voter ID law.

The results of a FOX News poll last week reveal that 70 percent of Americans are necessary to prevent fraudulent voting, as opposed to 27 percent who believe the laws aren’t necessary. The remaining three percent did not offer an opinion.

Fox News graphic
FOX News

As the graphic shows, Americans’ opinion on the validity of voter ID laws has remained consistent over time. The current poll’s numbers are virtually identical to the results FOX News observed the last time the same question was asked, in April 2012.

Even a majority of Democrats, whose party leaders are waging the political campaign to treat voter ID laws as a regressive means of denying voting rights to minorities and poor people, favor voter ID laws, by a 55 percent to 43 percent margin. A majority of blacks also favor voter ID, by a 51 percent to 46 percent margin.

In fact, not a single demographic broken down by FOX News yielded a majority of respondents who opposed voter ID laws, as this graphic shows:

Fox News graphic
FOX News

President Barack Obama, then, would be in the minority on the issue. Obama told an audience at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network last month that current voter ID laws are nothing more than a Republican-supported form of voter suppression, enacted to counter a problem that doesn’t exist.

“The real voter fraud is people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud,” said Obama. “Across the country Republicans have led efforts making it harder, not easier, to vote.”

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.