Voters in new poll oppose legislative proposals to relax election security rules

Results come as Biden issues an executive order to expand voter rolls.
A woman waits in line to cast her vote on the second day of early voting at the Hamilton County Election Commission on October 15, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

March 8, 2021 12:29pm

Updated: March 11, 2021 11:22am

A plurality of voters oppose a sweeping Democratic election reform bill that would empower Washington to compel states to relax election security safeguards, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

By a margin of 46%-41%, respondents said they opposed a proposed election overhaul plan that would prohibit states from requiring photo ID to vote and make it hard to clean voter registration lists by removing people who have moved or died.

Just the News Poll, "would you oppose or be in favor of a bill preventing states from requiring photo ID before voting?
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Sponsored by Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes, HR 1, dubbed the "For the People Act," would ban state voter ID laws, register 16-year-olds (though they won't be able to vote until 18), and override restrictions on felons voting, among other changes.

Supporters of the bill argue that Latino and black voters will be disenfranchised without the bill. Despite this, Latinos were evenly split on the bill in the poll, with 42% opposed, 41% in favor and 17% unsure. A near-majority of black voters (49%) favor the bill, but roughly a third (32%) are opposed.

Voters were surveyed right before President Biden issued a voting reform executive order Sunday.

The survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 4-6, 2021.

Click here to see this poll's cross-demographic tabulations.

Click here to see the poll's methodology and sample demographics.