A new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that “8 in 10 Americans approve of voter identification laws,” and only 24 percent believe that there’s hardly any voter fraud in American elections.
Overall, 35 percent of Americans say there’s a great deal of voter fraud in American elections, 39 percent say there’s some and only 24 percent say there’s hardly any.
In addition, only 39 percent have a great deal or quite a bit of confidence that votes will be counted correctly. Twenty-nine percent are moderately confident, and 31 percent have little or no confidence that the vote counts for president will be accurate this year.
Americans have widespread concerns about the vulnerability of the country’s voting system to hackers. Forty-one percent of Americans are quite concerned about the security of the election, and 35 percent are somewhat concerned. Only 23 percent express little concern.
Those findings are highlighted in the press release about the poll, but you wouldn’t be able to tell that from the way that Jonathan Lemire and Emily Swanson wrote the Associated Press article titled, “AP-NORC Poll: Half of Trump Backers Don’t Trust Vote Count.” Lamire and Swanson did their best to make it sound like it is just Trump supporters who are out of touch about voter fraud. But Trump supporters aren’t the outliers on this issue, as the following chart shows:
It appears that, like the illegal immigration issue, vote fraud — rigging the election as Trump would say, also hits a nerve with voters
It is shocking how successful the Democrats have been in challenging laws that require voters to show photo identification — legislation with a stated purpose of preventing voter fraud. It can’t be that difficult to write a law to implement a system that will provide a government-issued photo ID to every citizen that wants to exercise their civic duty to vote.
It isn’t unusual to require voter identification:
There are 32 states that currently request some sort of identification at the polls. The other 18 states plus DC follow federal guidelines in requiring ID only for first-time voters who did not provide ID when registering to vote.
The AP-NORC poll was conducted Sept. 15-18 and has margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.