The issue of voter ID has proven itself to be one of the most controversial least controversial policies out there.
While the media paints the issue as a Republican proposal to disenfranchise minority voters, polling consistently shows that the same minority voters that would supposedly be disenfranchised by a voter ID policy support it. In a world where polling on most hot-button issues is 50/50 or 55/45 at best, it’s a bit puzzling how something with as much support as voter ID can be considered remotely controversial.
According to The Hill’s reporting on the latest polling out of Monmouth University:
The poll determined that 80 percent of those polled support requiring photo identification when voting, while only 18 percent are opposed.
62 percent of Democrats polled, 87 percent of independents polled and 91 percent of Republicans polled backed requiring photo identification to vote.
They also polled on other election related policies, such as early voting and vote by mail. 71% think early voting should be made earlier, while 16% say it should be made harder. By party, 89% of Democrats support making it easier, compared to 56% of Republicans. This is consistent with the fact that historically Democrat presidential candidates have outperformed among those who vote early, while Republicans outperform among those who vote on election day.
Vote by mail was the most controversial and partisan issue polled. While 84% of Democrats want it to be easier, only 40% of Independents do, and only 26% of Republicans. Ironically this is one of the policies that the liberal media portrays at the least controversial.
Matt Palumbo is the author of Dumb and Dumber: How Cuomo and de Blasio Ruined New York, Debunk This: Shattering Liberal Lies, and Spygate
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